Shops promoting tobacco and vapes in Aberdeen may quickly ban money gross sales in a bid to cease age-restricted merchandise getting within the arms of metropolis youths.
Town council’s Buying and selling Requirements workforce imagine motion is required to deal with the “rising subject” of proxy buying within the metropolis.
Its officers work to implement rules and provides recommendation to retailers, whereas additionally serving to to grab unlawful merchandise in Aberdeen’s shops.
However, they’ve acquired a rise in complaints from each the general public and retailers associated to underage vape gross sales.
Proxy buying is when adults purchase objects resembling vapes and cigarettes for individuals who usually are not sufficiently old to legally purchase them for themselves.
It’s at the moment unlawful to promote vapes and cigarettes to anybody aged below 18, nonetheless it’s thought that youngsters as younger as 12 are gaining access to the units.
After being refused in a retailer, younger folks loitering outdoors will go on to ask passing adults to purchase merchandise as a substitute, handing over money within the course of.
It’s a felony offence that may be enforced by Buying and selling Requirements, nonetheless it’s arduous to detect and show when it’s taking place.
In the entire of Scotland, enforcement motion for a proxy buy has solely occurred as soon as within the final 13 years.
Nevertheless, a brand new constitution has been drawn up by Buying and selling Requirements that would assist to cease this comparatively new phenomenon.
As a part of this, outlets may put a cease to money gross sales and solely settle for fee by way of card.
To date, every reported incident has concerned younger folks giving an grownup money to purchase merchandise.
However, it’s hoped the ban may stop future proxy purchases from happening.
Buying and selling normal officers imagine younger folks is probably not so keen handy over their financial institution playing cards to strangers versus money.
Nevertheless, the difficulty will not be an issue unique to Aberdeen, it’s growing throughout Scotland and the UK as a complete.
If this new constitution helps to make a distinction within the metropolis, it may very well be rolled out throughout the nation.
Councillors can be requested to present the constitution the go-ahead subsequent week.
If accredited, it’s anticipated to be in motion by the top of September with an preliminary concentrate on shops in Union Avenue.
Police chiefs have supported the constitution and welcome any try to curb the sale of vapes to children.
In the meantime, NHS Grampian has additionally backed the proposal and is “very supportive” of it.
The growing use of vapes by younger folks has develop into a priority, with worries raised that that children have gotten hooked on nicotine.
Vibrant and flavoured vapes are attracting younger folks, nonetheless there’s a fear that the units can have a adverse affect on their long-term well being.
Aberdeen Metropolis Council has pledged its assist to a ban on the single-use devices, claiming they had been a “scourge” and “waste of valuable assets”.