HSA suspends two retailers' licences for selling tobacco products to minors

Fair Inn Food Place at Woodlands, one of the two retailers suspended for selling tobacco products to minors.
Fair Inn Food Place at Woodlands, one of the two retailers suspended for selling tobacco products to minors.PHOTO: HEALTH SCIENCES AUTHORITY
H.R Frozen Food and Trading at Choa Chu Kang Central, one of the two retailers suspended for selling tobacco products to minors.
H.R Frozen Food and Trading at Choa Chu Kang Central, one of the two retailers suspended for selling tobacco products to minors.PHOTO: HEALTH SCIENCES AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has suspended the tobacco retail licences of two retailers that sold tobacco products to minors.

Fair Inn Food Place at Block 806, Woodlands Street 81, and H.R Frozen Food and Trading at Block 205, Choa Chu Kang Central, will not be allowed to sell tobacco products for six months. This was the first offence for both outlets.

One of the sellers was an employee, while the other was a co-owner of the retail store. Both had failed to check the age of the minors before selling tobacco products to them. They were caught through HSA's ground enforcement activities.

Under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, anyone caught selling tobacco products to people below the age of 18 is liable, on conviction in court, to a fine of up to $5,000 for the first offence, and up to $10,000 for the second or subsequent offence.

Members of the public with information on illegal sales of tobacco products can call the Tobacco Regulation Branch at 6684-2036 or 6684-2037.