We see the prevention of sales of restricted products, including alcohol and tobacco, to young people as a priority, with two officers dedicated to this. We follow the government's Code of Practice on Age Restricted Products in focusing our work, particularly carrying out advisory visits to businesses and test purchasing.
In keeping with the Code of Practice we have produced advice guides and posters for retailers of age restricted products. These include a leaflet which details the law in relation to age restricted products and provides guidance on how to prevent underage sales. They also includes a number of posters for display. They are all available to download and print below.
Please note that for the A3 Statutory Notice the law requires that this poster is of A3 size only. Please do not print in A4 or other sizes of paper. If you require a copy by post please contact Trading Standards on 0300 123 2329 or email email@example.com.
If you (or someone you know) are 14-16 years old and are interested in volunteering to assist with test purchases, contact us through 03456 009009. We currently have a waiting list but welcome all enquiries.
From 1 October 2015 it became an offence for e-cigarettes, cartridges and refills to be sold to anyone under 18 years of age. The owner of the business can be held responsible as well as the member of staff who made the sale.
Any adult who buys or attempts to buy these nicotine inhaling products - as well as tobacco and cigarette papers - on behalf of someone under the age of 18 years will be committing an offence. This is known as proxy purchasing.
For further advice please see business companion - quick guides on underage sales of tobacco and nicotine.
A good way to show that your staff have received appropriate training in prevention of underage sales is to have them complete a recognised training course. An online training module called ‘Prevention of Underage Sales,’ which is accredited by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, is available on our website for a small charge.
Files available to download
- Age Restricted products trader guidance (924.3 KB)
Age Restricted products trader guidance
- A3 Statutory Tobacco notice (111.6 KB)
Statutory notice explaining that it is illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under 18
- Age Check A4 Poster (260.4 KB)
Age Restricted products Age Check Poster
- Do you look under 25? (1.1 MB)
Do you look under 25?
- Age Restricted Products Challenge 25 Poster (276.8 KB)
Age Restricted Products Challenge 25 Poster
- Alcohol Proxy Purchasing Poster (565.9 KB)
Alcohol Proxy Purchasing Poster