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No tobacco sales for six months at AMCO gas station in Tottenham

Jun 29, 2015
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has served a notice of prohibition to a Tottenham gas station as a result of repeated tobacco sales to minors in contravention of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

Health unit issues prohibition under Smoke-Free Ontario Act

BARRIE – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has served a notice of prohibition to a Tottenham gas station as a result of repeated tobacco sales to minors in contravention of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

The business, Lviv Ltd. o/a AMCO gas station located at 47 Queen Street South, is prohibited from the sale, storage and delivery of tobacco products for a period of six months, effective June 29, 2015 through December 29, 2015.

“Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in Ontario,” says tobacco program supervisor Martin Kuhn. "Those businesses that profit from the sale of tobacco must act responsibly at all times when customers under the age of 19 attempt to purchase tobacco. The consequences for selling tobacco to children and young people can result in heavy fines and a prohibition against selling tobacco for six months or longer."

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act bans the public display of tobacco products prior to purchase and prohibits the sale or supply of tobacco products to persons under the age of 19. It also prohibits smoking in enclosed workplaces, enclosed public places and specifically designated outdoor places in Ontario, including:

• Bar and restaurant outdoor patios (covered or uncovered)

• Children’s playgrounds and municipally-owned sport fields and spectator areas

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit tobacco enforcement officers attend all tobacco vendors in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka to determine their willingness to sell tobacco to minors. Lviv Ltd. o/a AMCO gas station failed repeated tobacco test shops and charges were laid commencing in 2012. The vendor was convicted and the prohibition order was obtained from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, tobacco vendors who have two or more convictions within a five-year period for selling tobacco to persons younger than 19 years of age are subject to an automatic prohibition. This prohibits the vendor from selling or storing tobacco products on the premises and bans tobacco wholesalers or distributors from delivering tobacco products to the vendor for the period of time indicated on the prohibition.

In accordance with Ontario Regulation 48/06, signs indicating the reason for the prohibition must be publicly posted in the store.

To report a tobacco vendor selling tobacco products to underage youth in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka, contact Health Connection at 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520. All calls are confidential.

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