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SINGAPORE: A store in Serangoon has had its tobacco licence revoked for selling cigarettes to a 17-year-old teenager who was wearing his school uniform, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said on Wednesday (Aug 16).
In a press release, HSA said Value Supermart located at 301 Serangoon Avenue 2 will no longer be able to sell tobacco products.
Between May and July, 12 other retailers were caught for selling tobacco to customers under 18 years old and their tobacco licences suspended for six months.
The 12 retailers are:
All 13 sellers did not ask for any form of identification, HSA said, adding that they claimed they were busy or that the minors looked older than their actual age.
"Sellers take the risk of contravening the laws if they assess age by mere physical appearance of the buyer," HSA added.
HSA said the retailers were caught through its ground surveillance and enforcement activities to deter the illegal sale of tobacco products to under-18 minors. It added that since 2015, it has suspended 53 tobacco retail licences and revoked nine.
Those caught selling tobacco products to customers under the age of 18 face a fine of up to S$5,000 for the first offence, and up to S$10,000 for the second or subsequent offence. Their tobacco retail licence will be suspended for six months for the first offence and revoked for the second offence.
Outlets found selling tobacco products to under-18 minors in school uniform or those under 12 years of age will have their tobacco licences revoked at the first offence.
The authority also reminded members of the public not to supply tobacco products to those under the age of 18. Anyone convicted of acquiring tobacco products for a person below the age of 18 could be fined up to S$2,500 for the first offence, and up to S$5,000 for the second or subsequent offence.
Similarly, anyone caught giving tobacco products to a minor could be fined up to S$500 for the first offence and up to S$1,000 for the second or subsequent offence upon conviction.
From 2015 to date, 17 individuals have been caught for such offences, HSA added.