Sandwell shops fail underage vapes sale test
Published 11th July 2022
Out of six shops visited by Sandwell Council Trading Standards on 25 June, two shops failed an underage sales test purchase by selling vape pens to a young volunteer.
The two shops sold the vape pens without challenging the age of the young volunteer.
Sandwell Council Trading Standards wants to remind business owners it is a criminal offence to sell age-restricted products to people under the minimum age.
It is the responsibility of retailers to ensure that they do not sell age-restricted products to people who are under the minimum age. For vape products – including e-cigarettes and e-liquids – this is 18 years of age.
Councillor Danny Millard, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for communities – whose portfolio includes Trading Standards – said: “Vape products come in colourful packaging and fruit flavours, which can seem very appealing and fun to young people. However, they contain nicotine, which is an extremely addictive substance.
“I welcome the underage sales test purchasing operations carried out by Trading Standards officers and volunteers, and remind retailers in Sandwell that the penalties for selling these products to people who are underage are fines or even imprisonment.”
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