Minor sales problem
 Baw Baw News  

By // 10:29, Monday 16 February 2015

baw baw shire sign for the warragul citizen newspaper by william pj kulich

THREE of 44 Baw Baw businesses tested as part of a council survey earlier this year sold tobacco to a person under 18 years of age.

First published in the 13 February edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Get your copy today from retailers across Baw Baw.

The council employed a student under the age of 18 to visit tobacco retailers across the region and ask for tobacco products, the sale of which is restricted to adults.


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When a sale was made, a council officer conducted an interview with the salesperson and a letter of infringement was issued.

Baw Baw conducts the survey of tobacco sales to minors annually. In last year’s survey, conducted in July, two of the 45 businesses tested sold tobacco to a minor.

When the council started testing in 2010, 21 of 52 retailers sold tobacco to a minor. Mayor Debbie Brown said the reduction was pleasing.

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