The Niagara County Department of Health and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office under contract with the Department have been conducting tobacco compliance checks throughout Niagara County since July 1, 1999. Every facility that sells tobacco to the public will receive a compliance check, including all vending machine operations. Under the supervision of an adult, compliance checks are conducted by 16- and 17-year-olds who attempt to purchase tobacco products without identification and being truthful about their age.
Between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017, a total of 57 compliance checks were conducted. The facilities that had enforcement actions finalized for violations for which tobacco products were sold to minors during this time period are as follows:
Wilson's Lakeside, 337 Lake Street, Wilson, NY - 1st violation
A penalty of $700.00 has been assessed for the violation; and more importantly, the facility was required to conduct employee training and educational programs that will be monitored by the Niagara County Department of Health. Penalties for each violation can range from $300.00 to $2,500.00.
All compliance checks are conducted in accordance with Niagara County’s Youth Tobacco Enforcement and Prevention Agreement with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) under the authority of the New York State Public Health Law dealing with tobacco enforcement. Similar compliance checks are being conducted throughout New York State. The goal of the program is to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use among persons less than 18 years of age. Niagara County’s non-compliance rate is 3.3% compared to the statewide noncompliance rate of 5.0% for the time period between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. The Department would like to recognize the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding efforts in assisting the Niagara County Department of Health with this program.