Retailers Help the Mission of Prevention in Maine by Putting a Stop to Underage Tobacco Sales
Knox County Community Health Coalition, a local Healthy Maine Partnership, thanks the Knox County retailers listed below for signing on as No Buts! (Blocking Underage Tobacco Sales) Stores to help reduce the use of tobacco by our state’s youth:
Village Variety ~ Fishermen’s Friend ~ South End Grocery ~ Wallace Market ~ Shaw’s Supermarket ~ Lincolns Country Store ~ Megunticook Market ~ Maine Smoke Shop ~ Rite Aid Pharmacy ~ Hannaford's ~ The Island Store Association ~ Friendship Scoop ~ Burketville General Store ~ North Haven Grocery ~ Maritime Farms ~ Port Clyde General Store ~ Tenants Harbor General Store ~ Keag Store
Twenty-seven thousand Maine kids who are currently under the age of 18 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. That’s why the state of Maine has passed tough laws to block underage tobacco sales. The NO BUTS Program was created jointly by the Maine State Attorney General's Office and Partners for Tobacco-Free Maine (PTM) in an effort to remind employers, managers and employees that, along with stiff fines and penalties for selling tobacco to underage consumers, there is a compelling public health incentive for blocking tobacco sales to minors. The program also rewards retailers who are doing a good job by recognizing efforts and factoring in participation and compliance records should a violation occur.
Sale of tobacco products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, cigars, pipes and rolling papers is prohibited to anyone under 18. All employees must ask for and examine ID and refuse sale to those under 18 – or they could be fined up to $1,500 and lose their job.
Retailers who are currently not enrolled in the NO BUTS! Program can request an informational packet with an introductory CD by contacting:
Nancy Laite, Knox County Community Health Coalition, a local Healthy Maine Partnership, firstname.lastname@example.org or 236-6313 ext. 2.
Current program participants may request more NO BUTS! materials, such as window decals, posters, kits and training DVDs. Order now!
Resources: Maine Law for Retail Stores.
Section 1555-D "Illegal delivery of tobacco products" has been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court as preempted by federal law.