The Sun have published some concerning findings with regards to the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s. Unfortunately, some vaping stores are being irresponsible and disregarding the law on age restrictions of e-cigarettes.
A number of 13-17 year olds were asked to visit vaping stores and attempt to purchase an e-cigarette. 28 shops were visited by minors and nine of these were willing to sell their products to customers aged under 18. This follows on from a Trading Standards Report that revealed 90% of stores in the West Midlands area had sold vaping gear to youths.
Professor Linda Bauld had her say on the findings:
The Sun’s findings are extremely concerning. Any shops willing to sell these products to under-18s are openly flouting the law. It’s shocking, and totally irresponsible.
At Totally Wicked we take age restrictions very seriously and enforce a challenge 25 system. By flouting the law, the stores mentioned in the Sun’s article: ‘Children as young as 13 can illegally buy e-cigarettes as vaping stores openly flout law to make quick sales‘ are not helping the vaping cause as they are giving the media another excuse to slam e-cigarettes.
What are your views on the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s and should the laws be changed to discourage stores from disregarding the restrictions? Let us know in the comments below.