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Under 18s to be Banned from Buying Electronic Cigarettes


Under 18s to be Banned from Buying Electronic Cigarettes

The Government has announced that under 18s in England are to be banned from buying electronic cigarettes. Despite many vendors refusing to sell the products to minors on moral grounds, the Government has acted to make it official.

The law change will be introduced this week as an amendment to the Children and Families Bill. The move has been backed by the labour government, who deemed it a ‘sensible step’.

Keenly understanding the necessity for responsible retailing; Katherine Devlin, president of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association, welcomed the decision: “It’s high time that it was mandated in law so that it can be robustly enforced.”

Devlin added that the association had been asking for such changes for years.

Anti-smoking charity Ash has echoed these sentiments and asked for further regulations. The charity wants the sale of electronic cigarettes to be restricted to shops and online stores – making it illegal to distribute e cigs and e liquids via car boot sales or on market stalls.

Similar restrictions have been mooted in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Welsh Government claims to fully support the decision and is currently considering how such legislation could be introduced in the country. The Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke charity has called upon the country’s Health Minister to implement such a ban.

Andrew Dougal of NI Chest Heart & Stroke explained: “The public health minister in England has today announced that the government will amend the Children and Families Bill now being debated at Westminster.

“In the interests of the efficient and effective management of legislation, the Northern Ireland Executive and Northern Ireland Assembly might chose to utilise this bill to enforce these safeguards in Northern Ireland at a much earlier time.”

TECC fully supports these regulations and have always maintained a strict policy throughout the company against the sale of electronic cigarette to under 18s.

6th February 2014, 12:44