Two undisclosed shops in Swindon are currently under investigation for selling electronic cigarettes to minors, a practice that violates the legal age restriction. The names of the reported stores have not been disclosed as the investigation is ongoing.
In the United Kingdom, the sale of electronic cigarettes is only permitted to individuals aged 18 and above. However, the vibrant colors and enticing flavors of these products have proven to be attractive to children.
The Swindon City Council is now considering the implementation of legal measures to address the issue. Jim Grant, a council member and cabinet member for local communities and partnerships, expressed growing concerns about the popularity of disposable e-cigarettes among minors, stating, “We are increasingly worried about the appeal of disposable e-cigarettes and their prevalence among underage individuals; they should not have access to these products.”
Grant further emphasized the need for action to curb the trend. “We need to protect our young population from the potential harms associated with e-cigarette use,” he added.
Both the Swindon City Council and local law enforcement are urging the public to act as the eyes and ears of the community by reporting instances of stores selling age-restricted products to minors. The collaboration between the community and authorities aims to uphold and enforce standards that safeguard the well-being of the youth.