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Do you know about the e-cigarette rules in Scotland?


The Scottish Government has passed legislation introducing new rules for the way e-cigarettes are sold in Scotland. These new rules bring e-cigarettes in line with tobacco products.

Although many retailers will already be compliant, we have summarised the new rules to help you prepare:

  • It is now illegal to sell e-cigarettes to under 18s in Scotland
  • Retailers must now operate a policy for staff to check the age of anyone attempting buy e-cigarettes who appears to be under 25
  • No one under the age of 18 is permitted to sell e-cigarettes unless authorised to do so and have kept a record of that authorisation
  • If retailers sell e-cigarettes, they must update the combined Scottish Tobacco and Nicotine Retailer Register by 30 September 2017 to show that they sell e-cigarettes. The new register will be live from April.

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation has produced an online guide to the new rules.

The Scottish Government is set to review the regulations governing the advertising and promotion of e-cigarettes this summer.