Houghton Regis Shop Among Those Caught Selling To Under-Age

Five shops have been caught selling nicotine inhaling products to underage teenagers during a recent test-purchasing exercise.

7 shops were visited in Westoning, Woburn, Toddington, Leighton Buzzard and Houghton Regis by the Trading Standards team.

Two girls, aged 16 and 17, volunteered to take part in the exercise to make sure that shops are checking young people’s ages to ensure they are old enough to buy items like one they were sold – which are restricted to anyone aged 18 and over.

And the results prove that the majority visited aren’t carrying out these checks as they allowed the teenagers to buy the e-liquids, which are used in electronic cigarettes.

Shops who were caught out will receive a warning letter and receive another visit to check that they are complying with the law.

Vaping has become increasingly popular with young people in recent years due to fruit-flavoured products being targeted at this market. The government changed the law last October which made it illegal to sell e-cigarettes and e-liquids to under-18s. E-cigarettes and e-liquids may be seen differently to conventional cigarettes by young people. However, they still contain nicotine.

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