Underage Sales Booklet

Would you like to gain valuable workplace experience with Trading Standards?

If you are aged between 16 and 16½ and could work with us for a day or two in the next few weeks, you would gain an insight into the work of Trading Standards enforcement.

We are looking for volunteer young people to assist us with undercover test purchases of age restricted goods such as tobacco and fireworks.

Please click the file below for more information or contact Deirdre Prentice on 01467 537222.



Scottish Tobacco Retailers Register

All retailers who sell cigarettes or tobacco products must be registered with the Scottish Tobacco Retailers Register.  It is free to register. You cannot sell cigarettes or tobacco products if you are not registered. Please find a link to this website http://www.tobaccoregisterscotland.org/



What Are Age-Restricted Products?

Because of the harm they cause, the supply of a wide range of products to underage people is illegal. These are called age-restricted products and the term 'underage sales' is commonly used to describe their supply to young people.

Some products are age-restricted. This means that you have to be over a certain age to buy them.  Anyone who sells these products to underage people commits a criminal offence.

If you have concerns that a retailer is selling goods in breach of the age restriction, this information can be passed to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or Trading Standards on 01467 537222

ProductsAge Restriction
Cigarettes & Tobacco 18
Alcohol 18
Fireworks 18
Party Poppers, Cracker Snaps, Novelty Matches, Throw Downs 16
Knives, knife blades, razor blades and axes 18
Butane Cigarette Lighter refills 18
Aerosol Paints 16
DVDs / Videos / Computer Games etc As marked
National Lottery, Health Lottery & Instant Win Tickets 16
Petrol 16


Please find below a downloadable copy of our Underage Sales Booklet, a hard copy can also be obtained from us here in Gordon House.

Underage Sales Booklet


Statutory Notices

Retailers supplying tobacco products, fireworks and aerosol paints are required to display a legal notice declaring it is illegal to supply that product to those under the specified age limit.


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Sales of products to young people is a serious offence and, depending on the product, both the business and member of staff making the sale can be prosecuted. A prosecution may result in a significant fine of up to £5000 as well as a criminal record.


If there is any doubt whatsoever over a young persons age then photographic ID should be asked for. It is however possible to purchase fake ID and as such Aberdeenshire Trading Standards supports the PASS Proof of Age Standard Scheme? ID cards approved by the scheme will have a holographic logo on to assure the retailer it is genuine. An information pack can be provided by contacting Trading Standards and further details can be found at www.pass-scheme.org.uk.

Proxy Sales

It is illegal for anyone aged 18 or over to buy cigarettes on behalf of anyone under 18.

If you do, you could face an on the spot fine of £200, prosecution and a criminal record.

If you see someone buying cigarettes on behalf of children, call in confidence on 01467 537222.

Illicit Tobacco

Illegal tobacco sellers don't care how young the buyer is or if they put local shops out of business; BUT WE DO...

If you have seen anyone selling cheap cigarettes and tobacco in the street, from the backs of cars, at their homes, to work colleagues or whilst in the pub: LET US KNOW

DON'T FUND CRIMINALS - Call us in confidence on 01467 537222.

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