Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team will be enforcing new rules around the illegal sale of electronic cigarettes to under 18s.
Commonly known as ‘e-cigarettes’ and ‘e-liquids’, any retailers caught flouting the law could be fined up to £2,500.
The new law also makes it an offence for an adult to buy tobacco or e-cigarettes on behalf of a person under the age of 18. The fixed penalty charge for this offence is £90.
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chairman of the Community Safety Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It is important retailers challenge anyone who they think may be aged under 18 that attempts to buy these products, to ask for suitable proof of age identification.
“This law is designed to protect children from addiction. Any retailers that are unclear about the law regarding the sale of e-cigarettes should contact our Trading Standards team for advice.”
New age restrictions recently came in on October 1 to make it illegal for retailers to sell any nicotine inhaling products to anyone aged under 18.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team can provide advice to retailers regarding age restricted products and information on best practice to ensure businesses are doing all they can to prevent under age sales.
Retailers should apply the same checks they would apply to the sale of any other age restricted products to anyone who looks under 18.
Members of the public who have information regarding traders they believe may be selling these products to under 18s can report it through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.