July 28, 2009
Media Release

York Region tobacco prohibition order issued to local vendor

Order states no tobacco sales for nine months for Town of Richmond Hill location
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has delivered a notice of tobacco prohibition to the Hasty Market convenience store located at 2 Bloomfield Trail in the Town of Richmond Hill as a result of non-compliance with the Smoke Free Ontario Act (SFOA).  The order prohibits the sale of tobacco products for a period of nine months, effective July 24th.
The SFOA prohibits the sale or supply of tobacco products to minors under the age of 19 as well as smoking in enclosed workplaces and public places.  It also bans the public display of tobacco products prior to purchase.  As of January 21, 2009, smoking in a motor vehicle carrying children under the age of 16 years old is also prohibited.
York Region Tobacco Control Officers conducted an investigation of the Hasty Market following community complaints of illegal tobacco sales to underage youth.  The vendor was charged and a prohibition order was obtained from the Minister of Health Promotion.
Tobacco vendors who have two or more convictions within a five-year period are subject to a prohibition order under the SFOA.  This prohibits the vendor from selling or storing tobacco products and bans tobacco wholesalers or distributors from delivering tobacco products to the vendor for the period of time indicated on the order.  All tobacco products must also be removed from the premise.  In accordance with the SFOA regulations, signs indicating the reason for the prohibition must be publicly posted in the store.
“Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health.  “Restricting youth access will help reduce the number of youth who start smoking and help decrease smoking-related diseases such as heart attack, stroke, lung cancer and emphysema which claim the lives of approximately 50 per cent of smokers.”
York Region encourages residents to report vendors who are illegally selling tobacco to under age youth.  All calls are confidential.  
To report a vendor or for more information on this or any other public health-related program, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905 251-5553
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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