(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor-Essex Health Unit has issued an automatic prohibition notice to a local tobacco retailer convicted of repeatedly selling tobacco products to persons under the age of 19 within a five year period.
On August 29, Rivard Convenience, at 2496 Rivard Avenue, lost their ability to sell tobacco for nine months, ending May 29, 2017. The prohibition order is issued by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and forbids the operator from selling or storing any form of tobacco in their store.
“These restrictions are in place to protect our youth by preventing their access to tobacco and they are important components of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act,” said Eric Nadalin, Manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. “Tobacco retailers are continually advised and educated about their requirement to restrict youth access to tobacco products, and are aware of the progressive enforcement process that is in place. The enforcement of this requirement is an important strategy to reduce youth access and uptake of tobacco.”
Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, it is illegal to sell or supply any tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, little cigars, and blunt wraps, to a person under 19 years of age. Retailers are required to ask anyone who appears to be under the age of 25 years for identification.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit conducts regular compliance inspections and offers a variety of educational strategies at all establishments that sell tobacco in the community. Charges are laid against store employees and/or retailers found to be selling tobacco products to anyone under the age of 19.
After two or more convictions within a five year period, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care issues an automatic prohibition order. The operator must also post signs in the store notifying the public of the prohibition.