THE City of Greater Bendigo is reminding tobacco retailers to ask for proof of age before selling tobacco products to customers they believe to be under 25 years of age.
A recent test purchasing exercise conducted by the council saw two out of 16 retailers sell tobacco products to a minor.
An on the spot fine of $577 can be issued to an individual and $8662 to a company found to be selling tobacco to a person under the age of 18.
Director planning and development Prue Mansfield said retailers should not be afraid to ask their customers for identification.
“It is for their own benefit that retailers ask anyone they believe to be under 25 years of age for identification, otherwise they risk expensive fines," she said.