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PUBLIC HEALTH (TOBACCO) ACT 2008 - SECT 7A

Powers of inspector to seize and dispose of tobacco products exceeding prescribed amounts

7A Powers of inspector to seize and dispose of tobacco products exceeding prescribed amounts

(1) An inspector may seize any tobacco product that the inspector reasonably believes contravenes section 6 (1) or 7 (2) if--
(a) it is on premises where tobacco products are being sold, and
(b) the quantity of tobacco product exceeds the amount prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of section 6 (4) or 7 (4) (as the case requires).
(2) Any tobacco product seized under this section may, at the option of the inspector who made the seizure or of any inspector acting in his or her place, be detained in the place, vehicle or vessel where it was found or be removed to another place and detained there.
(3) If the tobacco product is to be detained in the place, vehicle or vessel where it was found, the inspector may--
(a) place it in a room, compartment or cabinet in that place, vehicle, or vessel, and
(b) mark, fasten and seal the door or opening providing access to that room, compartment or cabinet.
(4) A person must not retake or attempt to retake any tobacco product seized under this section or resist or attempt to prevent such a seizure.
: Maximum penalty--
(a) in the case of an individual, 500 penalty units for a first offence or 1,000 penalty units for a second or subsequent offence, or
(b) in the case of a corporation, 1,000 penalty units for a first offence or 2,000 penalty units for a second or subsequent offence.
(5) The seizure of tobacco products under this section does not subject the State, the Minister, the Secretary, an inspector or any other person to any action, liability, claim or demand.
(6) Any tobacco products seized under this section must be returned to the person from whom they were seized (or to such other person as appears to the inspector to be entitled to them) if--
(a) the person from whom they were seized makes an application to the Secretary within 28 days after seizure to have the tobacco products returned, and
(b) the Secretary is satisfied that the tobacco products were, at the time they were seized, for personal use and not in the person's possession, custody or control for the purposes of sale.
(7) An inspector is required to dispose of the tobacco products seized under this section in any manner that the inspector considers appropriate if--
(a) the person from whom they were seized makes an application to the Secretary within 28 days after seizure to have the tobacco products returned and the Secretary is satisfied that the tobacco products were, at the time they were seized, not for personal use but in the person's possession, custody or control for the purposes of sale, or
(b) the person from whom the tobacco products were seized does not make an application under subsection (6).



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