Last week, ten premises across Blackpool were visited by a 15-year-old girl who attempted to buy e-cigarettes containing nicotine, not one asked her for proof of age.
Test purchasing is where young people are used to test compliance on access to products or services that have legal age restrictions. These exercises are regularly carried out by the council’s trading standards team on a variety of products including alcohol, cigarettes, knives and in this case, vapes.
The venues were a range of businesses including shops, licensed venues and petrol stations. Each of these will now be contacted and appropriate enforcement action taken.
A repeat visit will be made in the next three months, if a second failure occurs the premises could be at risk of closure.
Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health, said:
The visit also uncovered some shops selling illegal vaping products. These were seized by officers and removed from the consumer market.