SINGAPORE - Eight tobacco retailers have had their licences suspended for selling cigarettes to underage buyers between July and September.
Caught for selling tobacco products to persons below the age of 20 by the Health Sciences Authority's (HSA) ground surveillance and enforcement team, the outlets will not be allowed to sell tobacco products for six months as it was their first offence.
The eight retailers are Sin Tong Hong Eating House, Fresh Foods Supermarket, G& G Gambas, HNH, Happy Grocer Trading, Reshmi Mini Mart, Superluck Food Court and U Stars Supermarket, the authority said on Wednesday (Nov 11).
The current minimum legal age to use, possess or buy tobacco products is 20 years old. It will be raised to 21 years old from Jan 1, 2021.
"All tobacco retail licensees are reminded to educate their employees on the law pertaining to the sale of tobacco products and for sellers to verify the age of those who wish to buy tobacco products," HSA said.
Those caught selling tobacco products to underage buyers can be fined up to $5,000 for the first offence and up to $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.
Selling tobacco products to underage buyers in school uniform or those below the age of 12 warrants revocation of the licence, even for the first offence.
HSA said that between 2015 and September this year, 110 tobacco retail licences were suspended and 16 were revoked by HSA.
Members of the public who have information on the illegal sale or supply of tobacco products to underage people can report the matter to the Tobacco Regulation Branch at this website or by calling 6684-2036 or 6684-2037.