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Digest: Tobacco sale operations extended to e-cigarettes

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Three-quarters of councils have carried out operations for the first time to clamp down on the illegal the sale of e-cigarettes to children, a survey has found.

The National Tobacco Control Survey report published today questioned 151 councils in England on the activities of their trading standards teams last year.

It found 74% councils had begun carrying out enforcement activities such as test purchasing to target the illegal sale e-cigarettes and other nicotine inhaling products.

Regulations introduced in October 2015 prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and other similar products to under-18s.

The report also found the number of councils that carried out traditional tobacco control activities had fallen by 17% since the previous year.

The majority of illegal sales were made at market stalls and car boot sales.

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