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Campaign calls for responsible tobacco sales

As part of this year’s Stoptober, trading standards departments across the UK are calling on tobacco retailers, parents and schools and to play their part in ensuring children cannot access tobacco products.

Research from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) shows that more than 207,000 young people take up smoking every year in England and Wales. Among adult smokers, nearly two-thirds report that they took up smoking before the age of 18 and more than 80 percent before the age of 20.

Trading standards departments are urging retailers to remember they have a legal duty to make sure that they do not sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18. If they break the law, they risk receiving a fine.

The vast majority of newsagents, tobacconists and other retailers are responsible, so this is not intended as a criticism of their sales practices. However, trading standards receive a number of reports of underage alcohol sales and a small number for cigarettes and other tobacco products and they will act upon them. It is a serious offence to sell tobacco products to an underage person.

To report underage tobacco sales, call Citizens Advice on 03454 040506. All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence.