[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of North Haven as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Sale From Vending Machines
[Adopted 8-23-2001 STM]
The legislative body of the Town of North Haven finds:
Sections 53-344 and 53-344(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes make it unlawful for any person engaged in the manufacture or sale of cigarettes to sell, barter, give or deliver cigarettes to any individual under the age of 18 years; and
Cigarettes are a heavily advertised consumer product in the United States; and
Connecticut medical costs related to treating smoking-related diseases are very high; and
Tobacco kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murder, suicide, drugs and fire combined; and
More than three-million young people under the age of 18 consume more than nine-hundred-forty-seven-million packs of cigarettes annually in the United States, yielding gross sales to the tobacco industry each year of approximately $10,000,000; and
In Connecticut nearly one of every three high school students and 13% of middle school children used tobacco within the last 30 days; and
Every year, 12,000 Connecticut children become daily smokers; and
The average start smoking age in Connecticut is 11 years old; and
Current laws and regulations have proved ineffective and inadequate in preventing the illegal purchase of cigarettes by children under the age of 18 years, particularly from cigarette vending machines; and
Connecticut General Statutes § 12-289a(h) authorizes a town or municipality to ban or significantly restrict the placement of vending machines for cigarette, tobacco or smokeless tobacco products.
No person shall dispense, or cause to be dispensed, cigarettes, tobacco or smokeless tobacco products from vending machines at any location within the Town of North Haven. A "vending machine" means a machine used for the purpose of automatically merchandising packaged cigarettes, tobacco or smokeless tobacco products after the proper amount of payment by the purchaser.
This ordinance is effective January 1, 2002.