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Trading Standards tobacco campaign hits the streets
Aberdeen City Council's Trading Standards team will hit the streets on Monday [28 October] to remind retailers and young people about rules on tobacco sales.
Trading Standards officers have teamed up with Aberdeen College for the campaign to spread the message that, by law, young people under 18 cannot buy tobacco products nor can they carry them around in public.
The campaign will run from Monday [28 October] until Friday 01 November. Information posters will be placed around Aberdeen College and the Gallowgate and the same information will be displayed on information boards in the college.
City Wardens will be on hand to assist the campaign during college breaks and lunchtimes and retailers will have leaflets to hand out to young customers.
Aberdeen City Council Trading Standards team leader Graeme Paton said several local retailers have raised concerns to his team about young people either trying to buy tobacco products or getting older people to buy cigarettes for them.
Graeme said: "We are trying to get the message across that not only is it illegal for under 18s to buy tobacco but it is illegal for people to buy cigarettes for those under age. We can issue fixed penalty notices of up to £200 to anyone who does."
"We are working with the Aberdeen College and local retailers to get this message across. A lot of people will not know that those, under 18, who have cigarettes in a public place, can have them confiscated by the police and that if they fail to hand them over it would be a criminal offence.
"Others might think it is okay to buy tobacco or tobacco products for a younger friend."
"We don't want young people to get a criminal record and our posters, backed up with messages on information screens around the college, will hopefully make the students aware of these laws and to consider their actions."
The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010 brought together several laws relating to the sale of tobacco and tobacco products.
This included making it an offence for retailers to sell tobacco to anyone under 18. It also introduced several new rules; the most evident of these being the ban on the display of tobacco in supermarkets and large shops.
The legislation also made it an offence for under 18s to buy or attempt to buy tobacco products. Additionally it introduced a new power for police to confiscate tobacco products from anyone under 18 found to be in possession in public.
For those over 18, the new law made it a criminal offence to purchase cigarettes and tobacco for anyone under 18.
Retailers have been asked to report any instances where young people under 18 are either attempting to buy or are being bought cigarettes and tobacco.
Incidents of this nature can be reported to Trading Standards by calling 01224 523737 or anonymously by calling 01224 522433.