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Two retailers’ licences suspended for selling tobacco to minors

Both retailers have had their tobacco retail licences suspended for six months, according to the Health Sciences Authority.

SINGAPORE: The licences of two tobacco retailers have been suspended for six months for selling tobacco products to minors under 18 years of age, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) announced in a media release on Tuesday (Apr 12).

The retailers are:

• Fair Inn Food Place, located at 806 Woodlands Street 81 #01-115
• H.R Frozen Food and Trading, located at 205 Choa Chu Kang Central #01-K1

Fair Inn Food Place will not be allowed to sell tobacco from Jan 22, 2016, to Jul 21, 2016, while H.R Frozen Food and Trading’s suspension is from Mar 2, 2016, to Sep 1, 2016.

HSA said this was the outlets’ first offence. One of the sellers was an employee, while the other was a co-owner of the retail store. “Both sellers had failed to check the age of the minors before selling tobacco products to them.”

They were apprehended via HSA’s ground surveillance and enforcement activities to deter the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors, the authority said.

HSA said that those caught selling tobacco products to persons below the age of 18 are liable to a maximum S$5,000 fine for a first offence and up to S$10,000 for a second or subsequent offence.

It added that the tobacco retail licence will be suspended for six months for the first offence and revoked for the second offence. However, if any outlet is found selling tobacco products to minors under 18 and wearing school uniform or below 12 years old, the licence will be revoked, even if it is the first offence.

In the last three years, HSA has suspended 25 tobacco retail licences and revoked 21 of them, it said.

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