Retailers 'often selling e-cigarettes to under-18s'

Medical Government/ NHS related news

A new investigation has shed light on the significant proportion of retailers who are illegally selling e-cigarettes to under-18s.

Almost 40 percent of sellers targeted in an operation by Trading Standards in England were found to be illegally allowing underage customers to purchase e-cigarettes, with children aged 14 to 17 sold vaping devices by 246 of 634 retailers visited between January and March.

“A large number of UK retailers are selling e-cigarettes to under-18s, according to a new investigation.“

The Department of Health-funded operation showed that 68 percent of these illegal sales were made at markets and car boot sales, while independent pharmacies, specialist e-cigarette shops and discount stores also often fell foul of the rules.

Conversely, the fewest underage sales were made by national newsagents, petrol station kiosks and convenience stores, which are more accustomed to selling age-restricted products.

Leon Livermore, chief executive at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, said: "These products are being sold in a wide variety of retailers and many of them will have little or no experience of challenging age restricted sales."

It has been illegal for retailers to sell e-cigarettes to under-18s since October 2015.

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