Warning Issued To On-Reserve Cigarette Retailers

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 14:02



A Saskatchewan health official says cigarette retailers operating on reserves could be ticketed if they continue to ignore a provincial bylaw.


The executive director of Saskatchewan’s Population Health branch, George Peters, says the law requires store owners to hide cigarettes from the eyes of children.


He notes federal tobacco enforcement officials are empowered to ticket violators on reserve land, if it comes to that.


However, Peters says his department prefers to educate store operators about why the bylaw is in existence and why they should follow it.


As far as he knows, no tickets have been issued — but he adds that could change if retailers continue to ignore the statute.