Age of sale for nicotine inhaling products: consultation on proposed regulations to be made under the Children and Families Act 2014
- Document type
- Corporate author(s)
- Great Britain. Department of Health.
- Department of Health
- Date of publication
- 1 December 2014
- Substance Misuse, Children and Young People
- Social welfare
- Material type
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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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