Wednesday, October 18, 2017


“Local Tobacco Retailer Found in Violation of State Law”

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department reports that a local tobacco vendor sold tobacco to a minor during a routine compliance check.  New York State law prohibits the sale of tobacco to anyone less than 18 years old.  It further requires tobacco vendors to require photographic proof of age for any individual attempting to purchase tobacco that appears to be less than 25 years old.  Listed below is a summary of the most recent violation where enforcement was finalized:

-Quality Beverage, 1137 Maple Avenue, Elmira – 8/8/16 - $350 Fine

The owner of Quality Beverage accepted the Stipulation Offer that included a lesser penalty than could have been imposed.  The respondent has since paid the associated penalty that was part of the Stipulation Offer.  New York State Law requires that the names of violators be published when the cases have been finalized. 

A “point” system for “sale” violations at retail establishments was created in 2002.  Typically two points are assigned for a “sale” violation.  Quality Beverage was assessed two points.  The accumulation of 3 or more points will lead to the suspension of their tobacco registration and lottery license by New York State for a period of 6 months.  Three points are removed at the conclusion of a license suspension.  Additional compliance checks will occur at this facility as a result of these sales.

According to Thomas G. Kump, Director of Environmental Health for the Chemung County Health Department, compliance checks are conducted at least annually at every tobacco retailer in Chemung County.  Facilities with points on their record will experience 3 unannounced compliance checks per year.  If a sale is made during these compliance checks, facilities can expect the full enforcement of the law.

Anyone with questions about the tobacco sale laws can contact Thomas G. Kump at the Chemung County Health Department at 737-2019 or visit their website at

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