Nearly a THIRD of shops we asked under-18s to visit were happy to make no-questions-asked sales.
CHILDREN as young as 13 can illegally buy e-cigarettes from vaping stores, a Sun investigation has found.
Nearly a THIRD of shops we asked under-18s to visit were happy to make no-questions-asked sales — and one even invited our youngest tester to try out the kit first.
Nine out of 28 shops visited were willing to sell to schoolgirls and boys. The shopkeepers were last night branded “totally irresponsible” by experts.
Our probe follows a Trading Standards report by Sandwell Council this month that revealed 90 per cent of stores in the West Midlands area had sold vaping gear to youths under the legal age of 18.
University of Stirling professor of health policy Linda Bauld, who also works for Cancer Research UK, said: “The Sun’s findings are extremely concerning. Any shops willing to sell these products to under-18s are openly flouting the law. It’s shocking, and totally irresponsible.
“While vaping is not as physically damaging as smoking, the oils can sometimes contain formaldehyde or heavy metals which are not good for developing lungs, and could contribute to respiratory conditions.”
A Department of Health spokesman added: “This is not good enough. We have been very clear that retailers have a duty to make sure e-cigarettes are not sold to children.”
Since October 2015 in England and Wales it has been illegal for retailers to sell e-cig devices, with or without nicotine included, or e-liquids which contain nicotine to someone under 18.
A child who buys or tries to buy e-cigs is not committing a crime, but there is a maximum fine of £2,500 for selling the products to minors.
Despite this, every one of our youngsters, aged between 13 and 17, was able to buy an e-cigarette at their local shops, almost always paired with a nicotine oil. Here is what happened …
BABY-FACED Andorra Coldwell-Hall bought an Aspire GS Ego e-cigarette from her town’s eVapeoutlet shop – and even got a lesson in how to use it.
After showing her their range of products, the staffer gave her the tips, and even offered to let her test the gadget before making the £25 purchase.
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