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Underage tobacco sales laws being side-stepped

by TPN/ Lusa, in News · 26-07-2012 15:30:00 · 1 Comments

Portuguese consumer watchdog DECO said Wednesday they had visited 105 establishments up and down the country to check if under-18s could still buy tobacco and found more than 70 shops failed to obey the law on under-age smoking.

The study, which will be published in their August magazine, counted on youths between 13 and 16 who went in to stores in Coimbra, Évora, Faro, Lisbon and Oporto.

The youths first checked whether there was a notice warning ‘Sale prohibited to minors’, then asked for a packet of cigarettes and 72 out of the 105 stores let them walk out with their ‘smokes’.

Whenever they were questioned about their age the youths gave their true ages but most shop-keepers turned a blind eye with comments like "Don’t you know it’s illegal to sell cigarettes to minors?", before adding to a pair of 14 and 15-year-old DECO volunteers: "15 and 15 makes 30, so I can do it, but be careful."

"Against my will", "You have to be careful with these" and "They’re for your father, right" (with a wink), were other comments made by the sellers.

Although the youths managed to buy cigarettes in all the towns and cities, they had most difficulty in Coimbra and Faro where they only managed in half the stores, whereas three-quarters let them walk out with the cigarettes in Lisbon and Porto as did 87 percent of the shops in Évora.

Comments

Look at this carefully -
The government doesn't care as the majority of the price of a cigarettes is TAX.
The shop wants revenue.
The kids want cigarettes.

All caused by a criminally negligent government - Vote them out!
by Mark Wylie from Algarve on 27-07-2012 09:25:00

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Edition 1450
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