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They must be 18 years of age.
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.
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.
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.
No ‘tobacco product’ can be sold to minors, including:
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.
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.
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
You could receive a fine of up to £1,000.
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.
From 1st April 2011 this will become an offence in Scotland.