TASE Tobacco Age of Sale Program
The Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services, in collaboration with the Center for Prevention and Counseling conducted the Tobacco Age of Sale Enforcement program (TASE) in Sussex County. Since 1996, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) with the cooperation of local health departments has enforced State laws, which prohibit the sale of tobacco products to persons under 19 years of age.
The Tobacco Age of Sale Enforcement program involves making unannounced visits to retail businesses that sell tobacco products. Under the direction of trained staff from the Department of Health, 16 to 18 year old R.E.B.E.L. volunteers attempt to purchase tobacco products at various retail businesses. Those establishments that ask the volunteer for age identification and do not sell tobacco to the under aged teen, will be presented with a certificate of compliance indicating they are complying with the law. Those businesses that sell tobacco products to our volunteers will be given a notice of violation and will be re-inspected at a future date. Violations can carry a monetary penalty range from $250 to $1,000. For more information on the Sussex County TASE program, please contact Ralph D’Aries, Sussex County Department of Health, at 973-579-0370.
Store List Updated April 13, 2010.
The Department, along with youth volunteers have visited many retail stores in Sussex County. These stores have a license that allows the sale of tobacco products. We tested these retail stores to see if they would sell tobacco products to people under the age of 19. The following are the results of our inspections for the period January 1, 2010, through April 30, 2010. All failed inspections were fined $250 each in Municipal Court.