Local Tobacco Retailer Found in Violation of State Law
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | Chemung County Health Department | Categories:
ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department reports that a local tobacco vendor sold tobacco to a minor during a routine compliance check. New York State law prohibits the sale of tobacco to anyone less than 18 years old. It further requires tobacco vendors to require photographic proof of age for any individual attempting to purchase tobacco that appears to be less than 25 years old. Listed below is a summary of the most recent violation: -Dandy Mini Mart #71, 3564 Watkins Road, Pine Valley – 7/17/12 - $350 Fine The owner of Dandy Mini Mart #71 accepted a Stipulation Offer that included a lesser penalty than could have been imposed. The respondent has since paid the associated penalty that was part of the Stipulation Offer. New York State Law requires that the names of violators be published when the cases have been finalized. A “point” system for “sale” violations at retail establishments was created in 2002. Typically 2 points are assigned for a “sale” violation. This facility was only assessed one point for this sale violation because the selling clerk had attended an approved training course. Dandy Mini Mart #71 had no points on their record prior to this recent sale. The accumulation of 3 or more points will lead to the suspension of their tobacco registration and lottery license by New York State for a period of 6 months. Three points are removed at the conclusion of a license suspension. Additional compliance checks will occur at this facility as a result of this sale. According to Thomas G. Kump, Director of Environmental Health for the Chemung County Health Department, compliance checks are conducted at least annually at every tobacco retailer in Chemung County. Facilities with points on their record will experience 3 unannounced compliance checks per year. If a sale is made during these compliance checks, facilities can expect the full enforcement of the law. Anyone with questions about the tobacco sale laws can contact Thomas G. Kump at the Chemung County Health Department at 737-2019 or visit their website at www.chemungcountyhealth.org.Chemung County Government