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Belfast branch of Tesco fined for illegal display of cigarettes

Several retailers have been fined for displaying or selling cigarettes to people under 18 years of age 

TESCO has been fined £500 after staff in a Belfast branch were caught displaying cigarettes to a person under 18 years old.

The supermarket chain was also ordered to pay £69 in costs to Belfast City Council, who brought the prosecution, for the offence in the Belmont Road branch last April

The displaying of cigarettes to a person under the age of 18 years is an offence under Section 7 of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002 as amended by the Health Act 2009 as amended by the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.

In a second case, Marc Boyd, trading as Boyd’s in Malvern Terrace, was fined £500 for selling cigarettes to a person under the age of 18 years last September. He was also ordered to pay £69 in costs to Belfast City Council.

A newsagent on the Fall Road was fined £300 for selling cigarettes to a person under the age of 18 last month. 

Michael McGovern, trading as McGovern's on Cavendish Street, off the Falls Road, was fined another £300 for selling cigarettes which were not in their original packets.

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