Blackburn council to crack down on under-age cigarette sales

This Is Lancashire: Blackburn council to crack down on under-age cigarette sales Blackburn council to crack down on under-age cigarette sales

TOO many shops in Blackburn with Darwen are still selling cigarettes and tobacco to under 18s, the latest figures show.

In the first nine months of 2012/2013, 23 per cent of retailers targeted by under-age sales investigators for test purchases sold such products to undercover youngsters.

Last year just 7.5 per cent of such operations resulted in illegal sales.

Borough neighbourhoods boss Arshid Mahmood said: “Tackling under-age sales of tobacco has been a priority to try and reduce the high rate of smoking amongst children in Blackburn with Darwen – 21 per cent compared to the regional average of 15.”

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1:16pm Thu 20 Mar 14

woolywords says...

21% compared to the regional average of 15% isn't so bad, especially when you compare it to the figures from last year, 7.5%. It shows real growth in..Erm.., is that lax attitudes or more proactive investigations, not quite sure.
Am useless at spinning a story to make a negative into a positive.

I feel for the shopkeepers, as it's so hard to tell what age a child is, when you see them on a weekend and they are not in their school uniform, like they've been doing all week.
21% compared to the regional average of 15% isn't so bad, especially when you compare it to the figures from last year, 7.5%. It shows real growth in..Erm.., is that lax attitudes or more proactive investigations, not quite sure. Am useless at spinning a story to make a negative into a positive. I feel for the shopkeepers, as it's so hard to tell what age a child is, when you see them on a weekend and they are not in their school uniform, like they've been doing all week. woolywords
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3:00pm Thu 20 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

There should be a Challenge 25 procedure in place on ALL agerestricted products and any shop who refuses to honour it should face a permanent selling ban on those items-that'll help knock it on the head.
There should be a Challenge 25 procedure in place on ALL agerestricted products and any shop who refuses to honour it should face a permanent selling ban on those items-that'll help knock it on the head. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

Always have & always will. you won't stop it, no matter what gets done (if anything)
Always have & always will. you won't stop it, no matter what gets done (if anything) Just an observer
  • Score: 3

9:27pm Thu 20 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

A lad or girl is tall 5 feet 8 inch he is 16 years old and another lad who is 18 years old 5 feet and 8 inch tall, can you tell the difference ?
This law says you cannot sell to under 18 years of age sometimes the poor shopkeepers are only humans and cannot tell the child's age.
A lad or girl is tall 5 feet 8 inch he is 16 years old and another lad who is 18 years old 5 feet and 8 inch tall, can you tell the difference ? This law says you cannot sell to under 18 years of age sometimes the poor shopkeepers are only humans and cannot tell the child's age. M.DANNY
  • Score: 1

10:01am Sat 22 Mar 14

the white witch says...

Some shopkeepers don`t care about the age as long as they are making money, hereditary of how much money is made on a sale, I agree with AnthonyUK but also name & shame the shop !!!!
Some shopkeepers don`t care about the age as long as they are making money, hereditary of how much money is made on a sale, I agree with AnthonyUK but also name & shame the shop !!!! the white witch
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