Retailers advised about new laws for e-cigarettes

Published Date: 

5 Apr 2017 - 15:09

It is now illegal to sell Nicotine Vapour Products (NVPs) – or e-cigarettes - to anyone under 18 years and an offence to buy these products for them.

The new rules, regarding the sale and purchase of tobacco and NVPs, came into force in Scotland on 1 April 2017.

Angus Gilmour, Argyll and Bute Council’s Head of Planning and Regulatory Services, said:

“Retailers need to be aware that from 1st April it is now illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18. It is also an offence to buy them for under 18s and anyone selling tobacco or e-cigarettes must be registered and undertake age verification.

“I would urge all Argyll and Bute businesses and retailers to take note of these changes in the law. If you need any advice or assistance you can contact our Trading Standards team who will be able to work with you to ensure you comply with the new legislation.”  

Advice is also available at - Register of Tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Product Retailers.

The council’s Trading Standards team can be contacted on –

tradingstandards@argyll-bute.gov.uk or by telephone on 01546 605519.

The changes mean that it is now:

  • illegal to sell NVPs to anyone under 18 years
  • it is illegal to buy NVPs for someone under 18 years
  • all retailers selling tobacco or NVPs will need to be registered on the Scottish Register of Tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Product Retailers
  • stores will need to have an age verification policy for sales of tobacco and NVPs
  • an unauthorised person under 18 years will not be able to sell these products.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Trading Standards will be enforcing the legislation under the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016.