Tobacco penalties in Northern Ireland: will rest of UK follow?

The NFRN is calling on all members in Northern Ireland to be aware of new regulations regarding fixed penalties for tobacco related offences.

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety set out these regulations which prescribe the amount of fixed penalties for certain tobacco-related offences under the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, the Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) (Northern Ireland) Order 1971, and the Tobacco Retailers Act (Northern Ireland) 2014.

The fixed penalties for retailers are:

An unregistered person selling tobacco.£500.00
A registered person carrying on a tobacco business at premises other than those noted in the person’s entry in the Register.£500.00
Failure to notify (without reasonable excuse) of changes of;
a) Name, address, contact;
b) No longer carrying out tobacco business at the address noted in Register;
c) Notice within 28 days of date of change.
Failure to display notice if subject to a restricted premises order.£100.00
Failure to ensure that no later than the day after the date on which the restricted premises order has effect; ensure that no tobacco or cigarette papers are in the retail area of the relevant premises.£500.00
Selling to a person under the age of 18 any tobacco or cigarette papers whether for their own use or not.£250.00
Failure to comply with a court order made in relation to the control of an automatic machine for the sale of tobacco.£250.00
Carrying on a retail business who sells cigarettes to any person other than pre-packed cigarettes in their original package.£250.00
Failure to comply with the prohibition of the sale of tobacco from an automatic machine.£250.00
Failure to display a notice stating;
“It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18”
in retail premises where tobacco is sold

Could these tobacco penalties be representative of what retailers across the rest of Great Britain can expect in the future? 


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