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York Region issues tobacco sales prohibition order



Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York has served a notice of prohibition in the City of Markham as a result of repeated non-compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

Michael’s Convenience, located at 7080 Warden Avenue, Unit B2, is prohibited from the sale, storage and delivery of tobacco products for a period of six months, effective December 21, 2017.

York Region Public Health tobacco and electronic control officers conduct youth inspections of vendors following community complaints and as part of a routine testing program to deter illegal tobacco sales to underage youth. The vendor was convicted and the prohibition order was obtained from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

“Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in Ontario,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “It is important to prohibit access to tobacco for people under 19 years of age. Children and youth who do not start using tobacco are less likely to start smoking later in life.”

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act bans the public display of tobacco products prior to purchase and prohibits the sale or supply of tobacco products to persons under the age of 19. It also prohibits smoking in enclosed workplaces, enclosed public places and specifically designated outdoor places in Ontario.

Under the Act, tobacco vendors who have two or more convictions within a five-year period for selling tobacco to persons younger than 19 years of age are subject to an automatic prohibition. This prohibits the vendor from selling or storing tobacco products on the premises and bans tobacco wholesalers or distributors from delivering tobacco products to the vendor for the period of time indicated on the prohibition. In accordance with Ontario Regulation 48/06, signs indicating the reason for the prohibition must be publicly posted in the store.

To report a tobacco vendor selling tobacco products to underage youth, contact York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-512-6228. All calls are confidential.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents, 51,000 businesses and 600,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

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Media Contact:
Ben Mulholland, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 74067;
Email: ben.mulholland@york.ca
After-hours: 905-806-1216; chs_media@york.ca


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