State Health Department Issues Enforcement Actions Against Tobacco Vendors Selling to Minors

ALBANY, January 8, 2003 – The New York State Department of Health fined 127 tobacco vendors a total of $42,250, that were found in violation of the State's Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA) from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002. Violations included selling tobacco products to minors and or selling tobacco while their registration to sell tobacco was suspended or revoked. Altogether, statewide 12,731 tobacco vendors have been fined a total $4.5 million since the program began in 1997. These youth enforcement activities continue to build on New York's $53 million comprehensive anti-smoking program.

New York City and county health departments have the primary responsibility to enforce the ATUPA law, which prohibits the sale of all tobacco products to persons under eighteen years of age. In the 22 counties without full service local health departments, the State Health Department performs the ATUPA duties.

The information provided in this release is required to be made public under New York State Public Health Law. Additionally, to enhance public awareness and to further deter businesses from selling tobacco products to minors, the law mandates the names and addresses of businesses that engage in illegal tobacco sales to be published in local newspapers.

The New York State Public Health Law provides all violators the opportunity for a hearing and an appeal before an administrative tribunal representative. Enforcement actions under ATUPA include the following:

  • A first violation carries fines ranging from $300 to $1,000.
  • Subsequent violations will result in fines from $500 to $1,500.
  • A $50 surcharge for each violation.
  • For all sales to minor violations by retailer tobacco vendors, two points are assigned (or one point, if the retailer proves the seller is certified as a result of successfully completing a state certified sales training program).
  • The accumulation of three points will result in a six-month suspension of a retailer's registration to sell tobacco and if they are lottery agents, a six-month suspension of their lottery license.
  • Retailer registrations and lottery licenses will be revoked for one year for any four violations of the law that occur within a three-year period.
  • Sale of tobacco by a vendor with a suspended registration could result in a permanent revocation and a $2,500 fine.

In the first four program years since Governor Pataki signed legislation providing funding to support the tobacco youth enforcement program, more than 132,030 retailer compliance inspections were conducted with more than 91,434 performed with the assistance of minors attempting to purchase over-the-counter tobacco products. The vendor compliance rate has increased to 89 percent.

Vendors found in violation of the State Public Health Law
(Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act)
from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002:
County & Vendor Violation Fine
Delaware
Bagels-n Cream
2 Elm Street
Delhi, NY 13753
First $300
Grand Union #1803
127 Main Street
Stamford, NY 12167
First $300
Great American
69 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
First $300
Hale's Stationary
34 Main Street
Sidney, NY 13838
First $300
Quickway #35
112 Delaware
Sidney, NY 13838
First $300
Quickway #3
Main & River Streets
Sidney, NY 13838
Second $500
TOPS Market
165 Delaware Ave
Sidney, NY 13838
First $300
Vasta's Italian Deli & Pizza
1 Grant Place
Stamford, NY 12167
Second $500
Wood's Grocery
191 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
First $300
Fulton
Coloney Center, Inc.
746 State Hwy 30
Northville, NY 12133
First $300
Obriens
60 2 Elmwood Avenue
Gloversville, NY 12078
First $300
Wal-Mart Store #1806
233 Fifth Avenue
Johnstown, NY 12095
First $300
Greene
Alpine Service Center
South Street
Windham, NY 12496
First $300
Herkimer
Beardslee Castle
123 Old State Road
Little Falls, NY 13365
First $300
Best Western Little Falls
20 Albany Street
Little Falls, NY 13365
First $300
Lawrence Paul Fuels
2 East Main Street
Mohawk, NY 13407
First $300
Lobster Trap Too
154 East Main Street
Ilion, NY 13357
First $300
Rite Aid #643
232 Mohawk Street
Herkimer, NY 13350
First $300
Smoker Friendly
266 N. Main
Herkimer, NY 13350
First $300
Thurston's Restaurant
147 South Litchfield Street
Frankfort, NY 13340
First $300
Tim's Super Duper
PO Box 221 State Rte. 28
Eagle Bay, NY 13331
First $300
Ursi's
2207 Bleeker Street
Frankfort, NY 13340
First $300
Jefferson
Agway Petroleum
Route 11 Box 188
Philadelphia, NY 13673
First $300
Billy Bob's Express
1289 Arsenal Street
Watertown, NY 13601
First $300
Boathouse Restaurant
214 West Main Street
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
First $300
Bob's Mobile Service
17942 Route 177
Adams Center, NY 13606
First $300
Bob's Mobile Service
17942 Route 177
Adams Center, NY 13606
Second $500
Cape Motel and Laundry
P.O. Box 592
Cape Vincent, NY 13618
First $300
Cedar Point General Store
36667 Route 12E
Clayton, NY 13624
First $300
Freeway Market
54 W Church Street
Adams, NY 13605
First $300
Interstate Mobil
1268 Arsenal Street
Watertown, NY 13601
First $300
Johnson's Tobacco/Lottery
322 State Street
Carthage, NY 13619
First $300
K-Mart #7432
6200 Arsenal Street
Watertown, NY 13601
First $300
Little Store
12589 School Street
Rodman, NY 13682
First $300
Pewter Mug
1313 State Street
Watertown, NY 13601
First $300
Pine Tree Point Resort
70 Anthony Street
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
First $300
The Victorian
P.O. Box 360
905 James Street
Clayton, NY 13624
First $300
Lewis
Pine Tree Inn
Brantingham Road
Brantingham, NY 13312
First $300
RIP Market
Corner Osceola Rd.
& N. Osceco
Osceola, NY 13316
First $300
Montgomery
Big M #748
3 Park Place
St. Johnsville, NY 13452
First $300
Big M of Fort Plain
19 River Street
Fort Plaine, NY 13339
First $300
Glen County Store
3787 State Hwy 30A
Fultonville, NY 12072
First $300
Rite Aid # 3336
149 Market Street
Amsterdam, NY 12010
First $300
Slick's Place
126 Grand Street
Amsterdam, NY 12010
First $300
Thruway Mart
State Hwy 30 & I-90
Amsterdam, NY 12010
First $300
Tony's Pizzeria
34 Lyon Street
Amsterdam, NY 12010
First $300
Travel Centers of America
40 Riverside Drive
Fultonville, NY 12072
First $300
Ontario
Bristol Harbour
5500 Seneca Point Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424
First $300
Hess Mart #32444
1429 Route 332
Farmington, NY 14424
First $300
Otsego
Building 203
230 Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Second $600
Cherry Valley Supermarket
10 Main Street
Cherry Valley, NY 13320
First $300
Country Store
Co. Hwy 48
Otsego, NY 13825
Second $500
General Clinton Pub
17 Clinton Plaza Drive
Oneonta, NY 13820
Second $500
Kinney Store #45
26 W. Main Street
Richfield Springs, NY 13439
First $300
Sturgess Pharmacy
52 Main Street
Unadilla, NY 13849
First $300
Wal Mart
5054 State Hwy 23
Oneonta, NY 13820
Second $500
Woody's Market
61 Spruce Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
First $300
Saratoga
Fuller's Corner Store
72 Northville - Edingburgh Rd
Northville, NY 12134
First $300
Just Bear Essentials Deli
414 Palmer Avenue
Corinth, NY 12822
First $300
Kelley's Deli
Lake Elizabeth Plaza
839 Route 9
Gansevoort, NY 12831
First $300
McGregor Pub
578 Saratoga Road
Gansevoort, NY 12831
First $300
Schuyler
Montour Pharmacy
320 West Main
Montour Falls, NY 14865
First $300
St. Lawrence
10th Hole Grill
4955 State Highway 37
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
First $300
Bessette's Bottles & Bev.
39 Gouverneur Street
Canton, NY 13617
First $300
Big M Potsdam
27 Elm Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
First $300
Blackstone Bay Outpost
2727 State Highway 12
Brier Hill, NY 13614
Second $1,000
Cedarview Golf Course
Route 37C
Rooseveltown, NY 13683
First $300
Chip's Place
5853 State Highway 56
Hannawa Falls, NY 13647
First $300
Corner Deli
828 Morris Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
First $300
Covell's
7943 State Highway 58
Hammond, NY 13646
First $300
D & L General Store
2644 State Highway 812
Dekalb Junction, NY 13630
First $300
Darrah's Grocery
7202 County Route 27
Canton, NY 13617
First $300
Darrah's Grocery
7202 County Route 27
Canton, NY 13617
Second $500
Desperado's/Captain Bills
212 Ford Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
First $300
F & L Seaway Bowl
105 Harte Haven Plaza
Massena, NY 13662
First $300
Ham's Mini Mart
8954 Route 3
Childwold, NY 12922
First $300
Lakeside Bar
4448 County Route 6
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
First $300
Laneuville Grocery
310 E. Orvis Street
Massena, NY 13662
First $300
Maxfield's Cigarette Machine
5-7 Market Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
First $300
Place/Wall Street Grill
1612 Ford Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
First $300
The Lodge
3792 State Highway 37
Morristown, NY 13664
First $300
Turner Inn
Route 58
Morristown, NY 13646
First $300
Twin Lakes
4155 State Highway 3
Star Lake, NY 13690
Second $750
Ultramar Energy
6010 County Route 6
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
First $300
Village Inn
181 State Highway 37B
Massena, NY 13662
First $300
Wal-Mart #2092
3000 Ford Street Ext.
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Second $500
Waltons Auto Care
333 West Main Street
Gouverneur, NY 13642
First $300
Wilson's Country Store
5270 County Route 14
Chase Mills, NY 13621
First $300
Woody's General Store
146 Orvis Street
Massena, NY 13662
First $300
Steuben
Campbell Grocery
8494 Main Street
Campbell, NY 14832
First $300
Cary's Grocery Inc.
13 Maple Avenue
Cohocton, NY 14826
First $300
Prattsburg Market Place
1 Main Street
Prattsburg, NY 14873
First $300
Rossettie Pharmacy Inc.
98 West Pulteney Street
Corning, NY 14830
First $300
Wilson Farms #160
315 Canisteo Street
Hornell, NY 14843
First $300
Wayland Mart
10881 Route 21 South
Wayland, NY 14572
First $300
Sullivan
52 Pickup
2574 State Route 52
Liberty, NY 12754
First $300
Aero Star Mobil
4 Katrina Falls Road
Rock Hill, NY 12775
First $300
Aero Star Petroleum
10 Devine Corners Road
Lock Sheldrake, NY 12759
First $300
ANT Foodmart
171 Sullivan Street
Wurtsboro, NY 12790
First $300
Burlingham General Store
3 Hamilton Road
Burlingham, NY 12722
First $300
Cache N Carry by Larry
100 North Street
Monticello, NY 12701
First $300
Callicoon Depot
91 Main Street
Callicoon, NY 12723
First $300
Casper's Two
Route 209
Summitville, NY 12781
Second $500
Colonial
35 Washington Lake Road
Yulan, NY 12792
First $300
Eddies Mountaindale Inn
Main Street
Mountaindale, NY 12763
First $300
Exxon Convenience Store
189 Mill Street
Liberty, NY 12754
First $300
Mobil Mini Mart
Rt. 42 & Decker Street
76 Main Street
South Fallsburg, NY 12779
First $300
Mohican Inn
1375 Mohican Lake Road
Glen Spey, NY 12737
First $300
Neeta, Inc.
150 Broadway
Monticello, NY 12701
First $300
Oelkers General Store
Route 97
Barryville, NY 12719
First $300
PJC Merchani
Villa Roma Country Club
Callicoon, NY 12723
First $300
Rehna, Inc.
2 Glen Wild Road
Rock Hill, NY 12775
Third $1,000
Rene Garcia Family Ent.
272 Broadway
Monticello, NY 12701
Second $500
Rite Aid #157
147 Broadway
Monticello, NY 12701
First $300
Rockland House
Rockland Road
Roscoe, NY 12776
First $300
Smoker's Choice - Coastal
4020 Route 42
Monticello, NY 12701
First $300
South Fallsburg Market
5215 Main Street
South Fallsburg, NY 12779
First $300
Trading Post
Trading Post Road
North Branch, NY 12766
First $300
Trotter's
200 Broadway
Monticello, NY 12701
First $300
Ultra Power Corp.
117 Jefferson Street
Monticello, NY 12701
First $300
Wurtsboro G-Mart
2390 Route 209
Wurtsboro, NY 12790
First $300
Warren
Glens Falls Citgo
184 Bay Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
First $300
Glens Falls Mini Chopper
Aviation road & 187
Glens Falls, NY 12801
First $300
Rite Aid #760
10 Broad Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
First $300
Washington
Eckerd #5918
92 Main Street
Hudson Falls, NY 12839
First $300
Eddies Grocery
82 Boulevard
Hudson Falls, NY 12839
First $300
Huletts Island View Marina
6069 Lakeside Avenue
Huletts Landing, NY 12481
First $300

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