Tobacco test shows message on board

Timaru retailers are following the rules when it comes to the law against selling tobacco products to under-18s.

A controlled purchase operation (CPO) held in Timaru in late December failed to find one offender.

The CPO involved a 16-year-old volunteer attempting to purchase cigarettes under the direction and supervision of Community and Public Health staff.

None of the 18 premises visitedwould sell to the volunteer.

Medical Officer of Health at the Canterbury District Health Board, Alistair Humphrey, was pleased with the result.

"Most smokers become addicted in their teens," he said. "The fewer opportunities young people have to become addicted to tobacco, the healthier they'll be throughout their lives.

"While the results of these recent controlled purchase operations are very encouraging and we congratulate our local retailers, we will continue to undertake controlled purchase operations at regular intervals to ensure the law is upheld."

The Timaru Herald