Sales to children

Sales to Children

The law recognises that products like alcohol, tobacco and fireworks can be harmful. It's illegal to sell them to children under 18 years of age.


There are a range of other products which are age-restricted - including DVDs and electronic cigarettes. You can find detailed information about all of them on the Business Companion website (opens in a new window). Search for 'underage sales'.

If you run a shop selling tobacco, you can download the statutory tobacco notice attached to this page. This notice must be prominently displayed in all shops where tobacco is sold. It should only be printed in A3 size because the law says that's how big it must be.

Protecting children from harmful age-restricted products is a key priority for our trading standards department. In appropriate cases we work with young volunteers to check that shops are complying with the law.

If you're under 18 you can help us with this work by volunteering for our age-restricted sales exercises.

You can report a trader who has sold alcohol (or any other restricted product) to a child under 18.

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

Information on other websites