Tobacco Prevention

ATUPA Enforcement Actions

7/1/2020-9/30/2020

 

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. Currently, every facility that sells tobacco or vapor products to the public will receive a compliance check, including all vending machine operations. Under the supervision of a NCDOH Inspector, compliance checks are conducted by underage contractors who attempt to purchase tobacco or vapor products without identification and while being truthful about their age.

Between July 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020, a total of 69 compliance checks were conducted. The following facilities were cited and fined for violations related to selling tobacco or vapor products to underage individuals:

Business Address # of Violations
Five Loaves Mini-Mart 233 Clinton St. Lockport 2nd   Violation
East Side Market 1577 Lockport St. Olcott   2nd Violation
Pipe Dreamer’s Smoke Shop 49 Locust St. Lockport 1st Violation
Sunset Mini-Mart 4815 Sunset Dr. Lockport 1st Violation
Tops #21 5827 South Transit Rd. Lockport 1st Violation
Dollar General 4015 Lake Ave. Lockport 1st Violation

 

Penalties are assessed for violations.  Additionally, each facility is required to conduct employee training and educational programs, monitored by the Niagara County Department of Health.  The Department would like to recognize the Niagara County Sheriff's Office for their outstanding efforts and assistance with this program.

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 for tobacco enforcement.  Similar compliance checks are being conducted throughout New York State

 

 

Information on the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act 

Link to Article 13-F Regulation of Tobacco Products, Herbal Cigarettes, and Smoking Paraphernalia; Distribution to Minors

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