Tobacco test sales success

Local retailers are being praised by East Ayrshire Council’s Trading Standard Service following a very successful test purchase initiative.

Each year the Trading Standards Service carries out extensive work protecting the health and wellbeing of children and young people in East Ayrshire by educating and advising our retailers on preventing under age sales of tobacco products.

This work appears to be paying dividends. The recent test purchase initiative involved 16 year old volunteers who attempted to purchase cigarettes from 21 local retailers. Each of the retailers asked for proof of age and refused to sell tobacco to the young volunteers.

This is very encouraging and shows that young people should not find it easy to access tobacco products in East Ayrshire.

Retailers should not be complacent though and should continue to employ effective policies such as Challenge 25, where anyone who appears to be under 25 is asked to show ID to prove they are over 18 before they are sold tobacco products.

If you suspect a retailer is selling tobacco products to anyone under 18, please contact us on 01563 576602 or trading.standards@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

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