Undercover tobacco operation a success


Tobacco retailers in Nelson were visited this week during a Tobacco Controlled Purchase Operation.

The operation involved supervising a person under the age of 18 attempting to purchase cigarettes on retail premises.

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service conducted the operation with 37 premises visited.

There were no sales made to the 17-year-old volunteer.

Peter Burton Service Manager for Primary and Community is pleased with this result.

“The majority of retailers did the correct thing and asked our volunteer for identification, which is the best policy.  The simple message should always be if the person looks under 25 years ask for ID; No ID No sale.”