Licences of 9 retailers suspended for sale of tobacco to minors: HSA

All nine retailers were caught selling tobacco products to minors for the first time.
All nine retailers were caught selling tobacco products to minors for the first time. PHOTO: HSA

SINGAPORE - Nine errant retailers have had their licences suspended for selling tobacco products to minors, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) announced on Wednesday (Oct 12).

HSA said the retailers were caught via its ground surveillance and enforcement activities to deter the illegal sale of tobacco to those below the age of 18.

All nine were first-time offenders. They are: Guan Joo Seng Mini-Supermarket at 132 Bukit Batok West Avenue 6, 7-Eleven at 153 Serangoon North Avenue 1, SPH Buzz Pte Ltd at 11A Sembawang Vista, Rainbow Super Mart at 174D Hougang Avenue 1, 112 Mini Market at 112 Pending Road, Raajaa Mini Mart at 117 Bukit Batok West Avenue 6, Anba Pte Ltd at 845 Jurong West Street 81, K11 Minimart at 105 Bukit Batok Central and M28 Minimart at 182A Rivervale Crescent.

The suspension prohibits them from selling tobacco products for six months.

Since 2014, HSA has suspended 32 tobacco retail licences and revoked 20 others.

It also reminded the public not to supply any tobacco products to minor under 18 years old.

Anyone caught selling tobacco products to minors aged 18 and below can be fined up to $5,000 for the first offence, and up to $10,000 for subsequent offences.

In addition, the tobacco retail licence will be suspended for six months for the first offence, and revoked for the second.

Any outlet found selling tobacco products to minors in school uniform or to those below 12 will have their licences revoked at the first offence.

The public can view the updated list of tobacco retailers with suspended or revoked licences here.