Solihull shop fined for illegal vape sale - The Solihull Observer

Solihull shop fined for illegal vape sale

Solihull Editorial 30th Aug, 2023   0

A SOLIHULL shop owner has been fined for the underage sale of a vaping product.

During an operation carried out by Solihull Trading Standards Officers in January, an ‘Elf Bar’ was sold to underage test purchasers at Michaels Drinks Store on Streetsbrook Road.

Solihull Council say no age-related checks were carried out.

Under the Nicotine Inhaling Products (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) Regulations 2015 and Children and Families Act 2014, it is a criminal offence to sell vaping products to a person under the age of 18.

The accused failed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on August 18 and the case was heard in their absence.

They were fined a total of £1,945, to be paid within 28 days.

Councillor Wazma Qais, Solihull Council cabinet member for Communities and Leisure, said: “We are pleased with yet another successful test purchase prosecution and thank the council’s Trading Standards team for their continued work to ensure businesses operating in Solihull comply with their legal obligations.

“We will continue to carry out test purchase operations throughout the borough.”

Anyone who has any trading standards concerns should report it to Solihull Council on 0121 704 8001.


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