Niagara County Department of Health Cites Facilities for Tobacco Sales to Minors

Since 1999, the Niagara County Department of Health and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office have collaborated to conduct tobacco compliance checks throughout Niagara County. The goal of the program is to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use among persons less than 18 years of age. Every facility selling tobacco to the public receives a compliance check, including all vending machine operations. Under the supervision of an adult, compliance checks are conducted by 16 and 17 year olds who attempt to purchase tobacco products without identification and by being truthful about their age.

Between April 1, 2017 and September 1, 2017, ninety-three (93) compliance checks were conducted. The following two facilities were cited and fined for violations related to selling tobacco products to minors:

Business                                                 Address                                             # of Violations to Date

Kwik Stop Mart, Inc.                39 Locust Street, Lockport                                   2nd violation

Oliver Express Mart            700 Oliver Street, North Tonawanda                         1st violation

Penalties have been assessed for these violations. Additionally, each facility is required to conduct employee training and educational programs, monitored by the Niagara County Department of Health. The Niagara County non-compliance rate is 3.5% for the time period between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, compared to the statewide non-compliance rate of 5.0%. 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 the Niagara County Youth Tobacco Enforcement and Prevention Agreement with the New York State Department of Health under the authority of the NYS Public Health Law for tobacco enforcement. Similar compliance checks are being conducted throughout New York State.