Retail Group Launches Guide to Help U.K. Vapor Sellers

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), a U.K.-based retailers group with more than 33,500 members, has launched a new guide to help retailers with the sale and supply of e-cigarettes and other vaping products.

The guide, which is part of a wider group of Assured Advice guides, covers the regulations that govern the sale and supply of e-cigarettes, retailers’ responsibilities when selling these products, how to ensure packaging and labelling are compliant with the regulations, and advice on how to make sure underage sales do not take place.

Within the guide, ACS recommends retailers use the Challenge25 policy when selling e-cigarettes and vaping products. Challenge 25 is a retailing strategy that encourages anyone who is over 18 but looks under 25 to carry acceptable ID.

As part of an update to Challenge25 materials launched in January, there are new posters, badges and other downloadable materials which refer specifically to e-cigarettes. The new guide is available to download from the ACS website. The Assured Advice guides have the backing of Surrey and Buckinghamshire trading standards departments.