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Minimum age of sale for tobacco

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The minimum age young people can now purchase tobacco is 18.

In 2007 regulations came into force to raise the minimum age young people could purchase tobacco from 16 to 18. This includes the purchase of cigarettes, cigars, loose rolling tobacco and rolling papers.

The legislation also requires a notice to be displayed by retailers stating that ‘It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18’. If a retailer fails to comply with these requirements they could receive a fine of up to £2,500.

The law was changed as most adult smokers began smoking as teenagers. It helps protect children and young people from becoming addicted to tobacco and the serious harm it causes.

Further information is available on the Wales Heads of Trading Standards website (external link).