It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or use them
A crackdown by Central Bedfordshire Council on underage sales of nicotine products, uncovered three premises who were willing to sell them to a minor.
The council’s Trading Standards team undertook checks in five different premises across the area on 28 November 2019. These were four general convenience stores and a garage. The premises were chosen as they had either previously sold an age restricted product to a minor or the council had received information about such sales from a member of the public.
The team sent a 16-year-old volunteer into each outlet and they attempted to buy vaping products without showing any form of identification. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or use them.
During the test the volunteer was sold vaping liquid in three different premises. Following the checks two of the shops who sold the liquid received a written warning from the team. The other one has been asked to attend a formal interview.
Susan Childerhouse, assistant director for Public Protection and Transport at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:
“There are very strict laws regarding the sale of nicotine inhaling products and I want people to feel reassured that we are monitoring these vigilantly and providing retailers with help to comply with the law.
“It is important that those that sell any age restricted product remain vigilant at all times and remember to ID anyone who appears to be under-age.
“We will be undertaking future checks as part of our approach to age restricted sales enforcement and where necessary we will not hesitate to take action.”