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Test purchasing of tobacco and other age restricted products

We want to reduce the number of underage sales of items such as cigarettes, butane gas, fireworks, DVDs and computer games. One of the ways we do this is by carrying out test purchases, where underage volunteers try to buy age restricted products. Strict guidelines govern these visits to make sure they are fair to the traders and, above all, preserve the welfare and safety of the volunteers.

We have developed education packs with information on age restricted products and these are available to all traders and young people of South Lanarkshire .

We are always looking for volunteers aged 15 to 16 years to help us with the test purchases. If you know anyone who may be interested or if you want more information contact Consumer and Trading Standards.