Tobacco law - support local shops
20 September 2007
Tobacco Law Change- Local MP Says Local Shops need Support
Lynne Jones MP has called for all
parts of the community to support local retailers when the legal purchasing age for
tobacco increases to 18 on the 1st October.
From the 1st October
retailers will only be allowed to sell tobacco products to those over 18. Lynne Jones MP
is stressing the importance of raising awareness of this age change.
Lynne Jones MP said: ""Preventing the underage sales of tobacco has to
be a top priority. The increase in the age is likely to reduce the chances of young people
being able to buy tobacco in the long term."
"However, the transition has to be managed, and key to that is awareness in
the community that the law has changed. Refusing age restricted sales is already a major
reason for retailers facing abuse, intimidation and violence. This is likely to increase
on the 1st October, when older people will be asked for ID and some young people can no
longer buy tobacco. I ask the local community to support retailers at this time."
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