Campground will lose its tobacco licence for seven days during the upcoming season
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elling tobacco to minors has landed three retailers in some hot water with provincial health inspectors.
Selling tobacco to minors has landed three retailers in some hot water with provincial health inspectors.
Marco Polo Land will have its tobacco licence suspended for seven days during the 2014 camping season while another two retailers have also been nabbed for selling tobacco to minors.
Those retailers will be identified later this month once due process takes place.
Ryan Neale, senior environmental health officer, said he conducted a number of compliance checks on Aug. 15, 2013. That's where they send what is called a "youth test shopper'' in to attempt to buy a tobacco product.
In the case of Marco Polo Land, the youth test shopper was successful and was able to purchase tobacco as a minor.
"As a result, we issued a summary offence ticket and that ticket was subsequently paid by the operator (at Marco Polo Land),'' Neale said.
"Once that happens, which it did, we then contact the Department of Finance to advise them that there had been a violation of our tobacco legislation, which is in fact also a violation of their legislation. The next step is for them to contact the retailer to advise of a suspension regarding their licence.''
Retailers do have the option, when a summary offence ticket is issued, to plead not guilty and take the matter to court.
Neale said in Marco Polo's case while actual offence took place Aug. 15 the summary ticket was not issued until later, towards the end of the campground's season. That is why the suspension will occur during a week in the upcoming season.
Neale said his department conducted another round of compliance checks on Nov. 8 in which two retailers were flagged for selling tobacco to minors.
"We're still working through that process so at this point we're not prepared to release that information.''
Meanwhile, Tignish Community Inclusion on Haywood Road in Tignish was flagged in December for failing to renew its licence and a warning letter was issued.
"They were operating without a valid approval certificate. They really just had overlooked the need to reapply for their licence back in April.''
Environmental health inspectors use a graduated system of enforcement warning letters, notice of intent to issue a health order and an actual health order, the latter of which requires the business owner to take immediate action.