RETAILERS WISHING TO TRADE in e-cigarettes or nicotine vapour products are being reminded that they need to register in a matter of weeks under new legislation.
A reminder is being issued by Moray Trading Standards reminded businesses in the region selling such products that they are required to register by October 1 – with failure to do so leaving them outside the law.
Even those retailers who are already registered to sell tobacco but who also sell nicotine vapour products (NVPs) need to change their registration to include NVPs if they have not already done so.
Legislation dictated since April this year that it is illegal to sell NVPs to anyone under the age of 18 or to purchase them on behalf of anyone under the age of 18. It is also illegal for anyone under-18 themselves to sell such products.
Retailers are required to have a documented age verification policy for sales of tobacco and NVPs, and only sell e-cigarettes and refills which have updated labelling to include health warnings.
Cigarettes and loose tobacco should be in plain packs, display relevant health warnings and be a minimum of 20 cigarettes or 30g of tobacco.
Advice for retailers is available online or from Moray Council Trading Standards on 0300 123 4561.