A tobacco product include Cigarettes, cigars, loose rolling tobacco and rolling papers and applies to both over the counter and vending machine sales. ...
BUSINESSES in Bootle are being sent information detailing a change in legislation on selling tobacco.
From October 1, it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 in England and Wales.
A tobacco product include Cigarettes, cigars, loose rolling tobacco and rolling papers and applies to both over the counter and vending machine sales.
The letters, from Sefton Trading Standards, stress to retailers they can only sell tobacco products to customers 18 years or over rather than 16 years or over as the law currently states.
Retailers will also need to display a sign clearly stating the age restriction on tobacco products has increased to 18.
The change in legislation comes as a new report states almost half of children who smoke buy their own Cigarettes from shops.
The survey was funded by Trading Standards North West.
Sefton Trading Standards having been working closely with Sefton Primary Care Trust to implement the new legislation.
Selling tobacco to anyone under-age can result in a fine of up to ?2,500, and failing to display the statutory notice can result in a fine of up to ?1,000.
Sefton Trading Standards manager, Andrew Naisbitt, said: "To help with the change in legislation we have written to all retailers which sell tobacco products informing them of the new law.
"We have also developed an information poster for retailers to display and cards, which can be distributed to any teenage customers so that they are aware of the forthcoming change in age.
"Our message to retailers is, 'if you are unsure a customer is old enough to buy tobacco products, don’t guess, ask for proof of age' and that way they will not fall foul of the law."
Cathy Warlow, from Sefton PCT, added: "We hope that the change in the law will help save lives by reminding young people about the fatal consequences of smoking. It is a fact that the younger a smoker starts the More likely they are to be killed by their addiction.
"SUPPORT is Sefton’s dedicated stop smoking service. It offers a range of confidential help and advice for people wanting to quit, whatever their age."