Where do underage teenagers buy their cigarettes? The Ministry of Health and Welfare Health Promotion Administration announced the results of its latest survey. It found that, betel nut stands and traditional shops illegally sold cigarettes to the underage, next were chain supermarkets and convenience stores. It also found that over fifty percent of students who bought cigarettes were not refused by the person selling to them. The HPA warned that anyone illegally selling tobacco to the underage could be fined NT$50,000 and businesses should not do this. Betel nut stands sell all sorts of things. Apart from betelnut, there are drinks and tobacco products. The Ministry of Health and Welfare Health Promotion Administration commissioned a foundation to take a survey, which found that betel nut stands are the new channel for the underage to buy cigarettes. Sixty percent of betel nut stand workers did not ask age or proof of age. Even when students wore middle or high school uniforms, some vendors would just sell them products. ==YU KAI-HSIUNG Chairman, Consumers' Foundation== Of course this shows that people underage are still able to access tobacco products through loopholes, which requires our attention. Last year in 22 cities and counties, the Consumer Foundation took samples at 660 venues which sold tobacco products by arranging for students under 18, wearing school uniform to go to the stores and attempt to buy tobacco products. The results showed that betel nut stands were the worse offenders for selling to the underage. Next were traditional stores with a fifty seven percent chance, then chain supermarkets and supermarkets. The third type was convenience stores where the underage had a 24 percent chance of unsuccessful purchase. ==YU LI-HUI Deputy Director, Health Promotion Administration== We want to make sure that teenagers no longer have access to cigarettes. We are also working with businesses, schools and communities to make sure that no one sells tobacco products to people underage. The survey also found that nearly half of middle school smokers bought on their own and over half were not refused when buying. Among high school students, nearly 70 percent were not refused by the shop. The HPA warned shopkeepers that under hazardous tobacco legislation, illegally selling tobacco to a minor could result in a fine of NT$50,000 at the most and it would step up inspection of shops to find those who sold to minors. TRANSLATED BY:CLARE LEAR 吸菸青少年,都到哪裡買菸?衛福部國健署,最新調查發現,檳榔攤、傳統商店,違法賣菸情況最嚴重,其次是連鎖超市及便利商店,連鎖商店違規部分,以統一超商違規率最高、有三成七;超市及大賣場部分,則是以家樂福違規超過七成最多。 檳榔攤裡什麼都賣,除了檳榔、各式飲料、還有菸品,衛福部委託消基會最新調查發現,檳榔攤已成為青少年違法取得菸品的新管道,因為有六成檳榔攤業者,沒有詢問年齡或要求出示證件,甚至連身穿國、高中生制服來買菸,有些店家也是照賣不誤。 ==消基會董事長 游開雄== 當然也可以凸顯出來說 青少年在所謂的購買管道當中 其實還是有一些 我們需要注意到的缺口 消基會去年針對全台22縣市,實際抽測660家菸品販賣場所,結果發現檳榔攤違法賣菸情況最嚴重,其次是傳統商店、連鎖超市大賣場及連鎖便利商店,在連鎖商店違規部分,以統一超商違規率最高、有三成七;其次是萊爾富、OK超商及全家超商,在超市及大賣場部分,則是以家樂福違規超過七成最多,美聯社、頂好超市的違規率也超過三成。 ==國健署副署長 游麗惠== 希望讓青少年 不要可以在市面上買到菸 那我們也結合了業者 還有學校 還有社區營造 營造一個不賣菸給 18歲青少年的無菸的環境 此外調查還發現,吸菸的國中生、有近一半菸品是自行購買,而且有超過五成買菸時、沒有被店家拒絕;吸菸的高中職生、也有近七成沒有被店家拒絕,因此國健署呼籲業者,依照菸害防制法規定,違法賣菸給未成年者,最高可處5萬元罰鍰,未來會針對違規店家加強稽查。 記者 賴淑敏 蔣龍祥 台北報導