Trading Standards ‘sting’ catches West Northamptonshire shopkeeper…


Trading Standards officers say they are going to launch an investigation right into a shopkeeper who bought an e-cigarette to a 16-year-old lady throughout a ‘sting’ operation.

Five outlets have been visited in the course of the crackdown following stories of them promoting vapes and tobacco illegally to under-age youngsters.

Teams despatched {the teenager} to aim purchases of e-cigarettes at two outlets and cigarettes on the different three whereas underneath supervision.

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Five outlets have been focused utilizing a 16-year-old lady making an attempt to purchase vape merchandise or cigarettes

Three of the outlets appropriately requested for ID and refused gross sales when the lady couldn’t produce any.

One retailer refused sale with out checking the lady’s age appropriately whereas each other did promote an e-cigarette after making no checks in any respect.

Councillor David Smith, West Northamptonshire Council portfolio holder for for regulatory providers, stated: “While it is encouraging that four out of the five shops refused to sell to the test purchaser, the failure by one of the shops to even make the most basic checks is disappointing.

“Asking someone how old they are, or making an assumption about their age is not enough.

“All shops must have policies in place to challenge young people buying any restricted goods, such as alcohol, tobacco or vaping products.”

Vaping is broadly thought-about to be a more healthy choice to nicotine-based merchandise however promoting both to under-18s is prohibited within the UK and shopkeepers throughout the realm are being reminded of the proof-of-age checks they have to make.

Most companies do that by working a Challenge 25 coverage. If a buyer seems to be underneath the age of 25, proof of age is required and employees have to be skilled to confirm the shopper’s age earlier than promoting restricted merchandise.

Vape take a look at purchases are a part of an enforcement mission supported by the Department of Health & Social Care that goals to make sure e-cigarettes or e-liquids usually are not bought to folks underneath the age of 18.

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