OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Cigarette Sting Smokes Out Dodgy Traders
operation to expose shop-keepers prepared to sell cigarettes to
under-age teenagers failed to ignite when most of the traders
approached failed to take the bait.
Standards officers in Coventry sent two volunteer boys into 13
shops in the city to buy cigarettes on 7 October.
shops could now face prosecution after allowing the transaction to
go ahead. The others all refused to sell the cigarettes.
John McNicholas, cabinet member (Environmental Services) said:
very pleased that the majority of retailers are showing a
responsible attitude towards ensuring cigarettes are not sold to
under age children.
is our first test purchasing operation and something we are keen
to continue to ensure our children’s health is put before
Standards officers will interview the two retailers before
presenting a report to councillors, who will decide whether they
should be prosecuted.
next operation being lined up is into the illegal sale of
fireworks, lighter refills and videos.
parents who would be willing for their children to work in this
should contact John Thomas on 024 7683 1885.
children should be aged between thirteen-and-a-half and
fourteen-and-a-half and look their age or younger.