THREE shops in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole sold e-cigarettes to two 14-year-olds who were part of an undercover trading standards crackdown.
The PCO Council led the operation to investigate vaping products illegally sold to children.
The two volunteer teenagers were sold a disposable vaporizer in three out of five premises visited in the agglomeration without being asked for proof of age.
Officers also found that none of the e-cigarettes sold to children complied with legal requirements and one of the products is suspected to be counterfeit.
Investigations into the sales are ongoing, but companies are being reminded not to sell vaping products to anyone under 18 or they will break the law and could face a fine.
Councilor Bobbie Dove, BCP Council’s portfolio holder for community safety and regulatory services, said: “Disposable vapes are small, low-cost flavored e-cigarettes that young people and children find appealing because they come in a variety of sweet flavors and colors.
“Vape products can be had for as little as £5, which is the price of pocket money for children.
“The sale of nicotine inhalants to people under the age of 18 is prohibited and illegal.
“Outlets that breach these rules could be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500.
“I strongly encourage businesses to enroll in the No Proof Of Age No Sale program, which provides guidance and training on selling age-restricted products.”
Vaping devices are government regulated to control the amount of nicotine available and must be approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
They must not contain more than two percent nicotine or contain more than two milliliters of liquid, which is the equivalent of 600 puffs or a pack of cigarettes.
Trading Standards said officers will continue to monitor sales of vapes and disposable e-cigarettes to under-18s and the department is working closely with Public Health Dorset to educate parents and children on the use of these products. .
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