THE LAW IN ENGLAND AND WALES
It is illegal to sell a nicotine inhaling product to any person aged under 18.
Nicotine inhaling products include:
Some medicinal products would be exempt, but there are currently no relevant licences in place in the UK.
It is illegal to purchase nicotine inhaling devices on behalf of someone aged under 18.
The penalty for breaching the prohibitions is a maximum £2,500 fine.
THE LAW IN SCOTLAND
On 1st April 2017, Nicotine Vapour Products (NVP) become regulated in Scotland.
The maximum penalty for an under age sale of an NVP is £2,500
The penalty for not having an Age Verification Policy is a fine of up to £500
The penalty for failing to authorise a sale by a member of staff who is under 18 years of age is a fine of up to £200
The penalty for failing to register your business correctly is a fine of up to £20,000, six months imprisonment or both.
Persistent breaches of the laws can also result in a banning order preventing the sale of tobacco and/or NVPs for up to 2 years.