Bass Coast,

Positive tobacco testing results

Bass Coast Shire Council is pleased to see local businesses doing the right thing, with fantastic results following recent tobacco test purchasing.

A total of 22 outlets from across the municipality that sell cigarettes were visited during the program, with no sales made to a minor.

This included visits to six outlets who had previously sold tobacco to a minor in the previous 12 months.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said the State Government is committed to reducing smoking rates amongst all Victorians and a key component of this strategy is to reduce the availability of cigarettes to young people.

“Council’s Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan also seeks to reduce the impact of smoking within our community,” Cr Crugnale said.

“It is currently illegal to sell tobacco products to people under the age of 18 years, with a penalty infringement notice of $622 applicable to any individuals found guilty of an offence.”

To assist local businesses abide by this law, Council officers conduct educational visits to retailers on an annual basis to advise them on current requirements and ensure appropriate signage is displayed relating to the sale of tobacco products to minors.

The State Government also encourages Council to conduct tobacco test purchasing programs to measure the compliance of retailers with tobacco sales to minors requirements.

Tobacco test purchasing involves a young person, under the age of 17, visiting a tobacco retailer for the purpose of purchasing tobacco. If a retailer sells tobacco to the minor, a warning letter is issued or, alternatively, a penalty infringement notice if a previous offence has been committed.

For further information on the tobacco test purchasing program, please contact Council’s Environmental Health Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.