FAQ's

 

What is the legal age in United Kingdom for a person to purchase cigarettes?

Can I sell tobacco to a minor who brings a signed note from a parent?

Can I sell tobacco to a minor if a parent telephones me and requests it?

What is valid ID?

Can I sell rolling papers to minors?

Are there any restrictions on who I can sell matches to?

How can I ensure my staff refuse tobacco sales to minors when I am not present?

Do I have to display a sign stating the legal age restriction for tobacco products?

What happens if I don’t display a sign stating 'It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.'

What is Proxy Purchasing?

Is it an offence for someone under the age of 18 to purchase tobacco products?

 

What is the legal age in United Kingdom for a person to purchase cigarettes?

They must be 18 years of age.

 

Can I sell tobacco to a minor who brings a signed note from a parent?

No. A note from an adult does not permit a retailer to sell tobacco to a minor. The retailer could still be fined or worse if this a repeat offence.

 

Can I sell tobacco to a minor if a parent telephones me and requests it?

No. A phone call from a minor’s parent does not make the sale legal. A retailer should explain that the law states that adults have to come in person to purchase tobacco.

 

What is valid ID?

You are advised to accept only the following forms of Proof of Age:

There are a number of PASS card issuers in the scheme – visit the proof of age standards scheme website – www.pass-scheme.org.uk for more information.

 

Can I sell rolling papers to minors?

No ‘tobacco product’ can be sold to minors, including:

  1. Cigarettes and cigars
  2. Rolling papers
  3. Tobacco leaves and extract

 

Are there any restrictions on who I can sell matches to?

There are no published restrictions on the sale of matches (although novelty matches cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 16). However, we strongly recommend that matches are not sold to children.

 

How can I ensure my staff refuse tobacco sales to minors when I am not present?

Make all efforts to train your staff properly. It is important that all members of staff understand the consequences of breaching the law and the impact on your business.

We have included some ideas for implementing a ‘Clear Store Policy’ in the Impact section of this site which, if you decide to implement, will do a good job of educating staff and customers alike.

 

Do I have to display a sign stating the legal age restriction for tobacco products?

Yes, it is a legal requirement. Retailers must display a notice in their shop or store where they sell tobacco products stating, ‘It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18’. The notice must be displayed in a prominent position in your premises so it is visible to customers at the point of sale of tobacco products.

 

-the sign must be printed at least A3 in size (420mm x 297mm) and have characters at least 36mm high

 

What happens if I don’t display a sign stating ‘It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.’?

You could receive a fine of up to £1,000.

 

What is Proxy Purchasing?

A person aged 18 or over who knowingly buys or attempts to buy a tobacco product or cigarette papers on behalf of a person under the age of 18.

It is the person buying or attempting to buy the product who is guilty of the offence. From 1st April 2011 this will become an offence in Scotland.

 

Is it an offence for someone under the age of 18 to purchase tobacco products?

From 1st April 2011 this will become an offence in Scotland.

 

 

 

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