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- Area Residents Encouraged to Report the Illegal Sale or Supply of Tobacco Products to Underage Teens -

If there’s something strange (about tobacco) in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Tobacco busters.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is encouraging local residents to report the illegal sale or supply of tobacco products to underage teenagers. If anyone sees or knows of these situations, they can call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1289 or ext. 3226. People who report these situations to the Health Unit can do so on an anonymous basis.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act makes it illegal for anyone to sell or supply tobacco products to those under the age of 19 years in Ontario. Last year, the Electronic Cigarette Act also came into effect, prohibiting the sale or supply of e-cigarettes to anyone less than 19 years of age.

The Health Unit is responsible for enforcing both provincial laws in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

“Tobacco is a highly-addictive product, so the law is in place to protect the health of young people by ensuring that underage teenagers do not have ready access to it,” says Lorne Jordan, a Tobacco Control Officer with the HKPR District Health Unit. “We encourage people to help ensure deadly tobacco products do not end up in the hands of minors by calling us if they know of cases where this is happening.”

For media inquiries, contact:

Lorne Jordan, Tobacco Control Officer, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1289,

or Kris Kadwell, Tobacco Control Officer, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 3226.

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