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NIAGARA COUNTY LEVIES FINES ON TWO LOCAL BUSINESS AFTER CONDUCTING TOBACCO COMPLIANCE CHECKS

Author: SuperUser Account/Friday, April 27, 2012/Categories: General

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The Niagara County Department of Health Environmental Health Division and the Niagara County
Sheriff’s Office have been conducting cooperative tobacco compliance checks throughout Niagara
County since July of 1999. Every facility that is licensed to sell tobacco to the public, including tobacco
product vending machine operations, receives compliance checks. All compliance checks are
conducted in accordance with the 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 Laws for tobacco enforcement. The goal of the program is to reduce the
prevalence of tobacco use among persons less than 18 years of age.
Compliance checks are implemented by working with 15 and 16 year old individuals who, under the
supervision of adults, attempt to purchase tobacco products without identification, and are truthful
about their ages. Similar compliance checks are being conducted throughout New York State.
Niagara County completed a total of 112 compliance checks between October 1, 2011 and March 31,
2012, and finalized enforcement actions on the following facilities for violations involving sales to
minors:
Business Address Violations to date
Tops #240 – Gas Kiosk 301 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda 1st violation
Sunoco Food Mart 2202 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls 1st violation
Niagara County assessed a total of $1,350.00 in penalties which can range from $650.00 to $1,100.00
for each violation. Most importantly, the Niagara County Department of Health requires each
penalized facility to conduct employee training and educational tobacco prevention programs under
Department of Health supervision and monitoring. The facilities that were documented as being in
violation are checked more often by the Department under this program, and face the loss of their
tobacco and lottery licenses for repeat violations.
Information on the success of this program can be obtained by contacting the Environmental Health
Division at (716)439‐7444. Compliance rates for tobacco sales have exceeded 90% for the past several
years. Read the Full Press release Here.
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