Disappointing results during the first wave of controls in 2016
In August 2016, among the stores selling tobacco products in the UK, 39% made illegal sales to minors and most of the infringements concerned e-cigarettes. The survey had been carried out earlier in the year by the Chartered Trading Standard Institute (CTSI) in 634 traditional tobacco retailers, discount stores, pharmacies and vape shops.
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The Association of Convenience Stores (SCE) recognized that the popularity of e-cigarettes has increased in the adult population but although retailers have a strong record of preventing other age-restricted sales, the early 2016 survey clearly shows that the same systems are not being applied to e-cigarettes. Head of the SCE said: “These results are an important reminder that retailers must have strong policies in place on all age-restricted products.”
Convenience stores are now in compliance
Recent test purchases (July-September 2016) indicate that convenience stores in the UK are now in compliance with the law that bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. As a follow up of a previous test, the institute re-visited each business (260 in total) that did not comply with the 2015 Nicotine Inhaling Products regulations that came into force on October 2015. The survey reveals that 90% of the businesses asked for proof of age and 80% did not sell to minors.