Age of sale for nicotine inhaling products: consultation on proposed regulations to be made under the Children and Families Act 2014

Document type
Other
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health.
Publisher
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 December 2014
Subject(s)
Substance Misuse, Children and Young People
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on draft regulations to introduce a minimum age of sale of 18 years for nicotine inhaling products, such as electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes) and related parts of such devices. The aims of the proposed regulations would be to:

  • Limit the sale of nicotine inhaling products such as e-cigarettes to adults only, with certain limited exceptions for medicinal products.
  • Protect children from the risk of nicotine addiction and the impact that nicotine can have on the developing adolescent brain.
  • Protect children and young people from any potential ‘gateway’ effect into smoking tobacco that might come from the use of nicotine inhaling products.

The proposed regulations would:

  • Make it an offence to sell nicotine inhaling products (such as e-cigarettes) and related products to anyone under the age of 18 years.
  • Extend the tobacco ‘proxy purchasing’ offence in the Act to also cover e-cigarettes, so it would also be an offence for an adult to buy a nicotine inhaling products on behalf of a person under 18 years.
  • Exempt the sale of any nicotine inhaling product that is licensed as a medicine, where it has been prescribed to the child or where the medicine is indicated for use by children.

The consultation runs 17 December 2014 to 28 January 2015.

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