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Tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Products legislation - sale and purchase

Tobacco legislation

The Act, introduced in 2010 introduced new laws for under-18s trying to buy tobacco and for those over 18 who try to buy tobacco on their behalf, this is the same as the law in place for alcohol sales. 

The Act is enforced locally by Consumer and Trading Standards (CATS). CATS already enforces the law relating to the sale of tobacco and a number of other age-restricted products including fireworks, petrol, butane gas, DVDs and computer games.

These changes in law are designed to discourage young people from smoking and try to prevent them from becoming addicted and from suffering serious health complications and problems related to smoking.

For more information contact Consumer and Trading Standards. You can also watch this SL News bulletin about Trading Standards' role in enforcing this new legislation.