Sales to children

Sales to Children

It is against the law to sell various items to children under a certain age.


The items and minimum ages are as below:

  • alcohol - age 18
  • confectionary containing alcohol - age 16
  • cigarettes including vending machines - age 18
  • fireworks including sparklers - age 18
  • party poppers, caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, serpents, throwdowns - age 16
  • videos, DVDs, computer games - ages 12, 15, 18, 18Restricted
  • cigarette lighter fuel, refill canisters containing butane - age 18
  • solvents e.g. solvent based glues, marker pens, correction fluid - age 18
  • lottery tickets, scratch cards - age 16
  • air weapons, crossbows - age 17
  • knives and other bladed items - age 18
  • aerosol paints - age 16
  • petrol - age 16.

Can you help us by volunteering for our age-restricted sales exercises? If so, please complete our online form.

Do you want to report a trader who has sold alcohol to a child under 18? If so please visit our reporting sales of alcohol to children page.

You can download our 'It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18' A3 poster below. Please note that this poster should only by printed in A3 size, as the wording and minimum size for this notice is prescribed by law.

A training/refusals log is also available below for you to download and use.

There is a link below to the Wine and Trade Association website from which you can download and print your own Challenge 25 resources, such as posters and badges.

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