TOBACCO sellers are being reminded that time is up for old stocks of branded products.
From Saturday, May 20, it will be illegal sell packs that do not comply with the new roles for plain packaging. It follows the introduction of the Related Products Regulations 2016 which gave retailers 12 months to sell old stock. Other changes in relation to tobacco are:
• The health warnings are increased in size
• Packs of 10 cigarettes are prohibited, the minimum quantity is now 20 • With the exception of Menthol – permitted until 2020 – flavourings in tobacco and cigarettes are now banned
• Hand rolling tobacco packs cannot be less than 30grams in weight.
There are also changes to rules about e-cigarettes and vaping products, including:
• E-devices and liquids must be registered before they are placed on the market and safety information and contact details supplied
• Containers of liquids which contain nicotine must be child resistant and tamper – evident
• The concentration of nicotine is limited to 20mg/ml and some additives and colourings such as caffeine and taurine are banned.
• Each pack and container labelled with “this product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance” in a prescribed format and size. Breaching the rules could result in prosecution and a fine or even imprisonment.
Stephen Gardiner, Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards service’s interventions manager said: “We always prefer to work with businesses to achieve compliance and formal action is always a last resort.
"Businesses can contact us on 01392 381381 from Devon, 030012 32224 from Somerset or 01803 208025 from Torbay or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice."