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Party promoters, bartenders warned against selling alcohol, cigarettes to children

Party promoters and bartenders are being warned that they will be prosecuted if they are caught selling alcohol and cigarettes to children or allow them into venues where the items are sold.
 
The warning comes from the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), which says the advice should be observed even beyond the festive season.
 
It is also cautioning that the best way to guard against selling the items to children is to request identification.
 
Daniel Brown, Substance Abuse Officer at the NCDA, outlined that persons can be prosecuted under the Child Care and Protection Act or the Spirits Act and fined as much as $250,000 if caught selling alcohol or cigarettes to children. 
 
Mr. Brown, who was speaking on TVJ's Smile Jamaica on Monday, said the organisation has seen an improvement in compliance.
 
However, he noted that with substance abuse so prevalent at parties, the NCDA is unable to monitor all the venues,  and so, has begun working with individuals, their families and community members "to transform the entire environment to protect our children." 
 
A 2006 National Household survey found that the majority of teenagers polled received 60 per cent of their alcohol and cigarettes while attending clubs and parties.Party promoters and bartenders are being warned that they will be prosecuted if they are caught selling alcohol and cigarettes to children or allow them into venues where the items are sold.
 


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