Responsible Retailing

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Government votes in favour of Tobacco and Vapes Bill

In its Second Reading in Parliament, the Tobacco and Vapes Bill passed by 383 votes to 67


Generational smoking ban will have ‘dire consequences’ for retailers

Imperial Tobacco has warned that the generational smoking ban will damage retailers’ trade and lead to a rise in the illicit market

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80% of UK smokers have bought illicit tobacco in the past year

Research carried out by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association found the number of smokers that had bought illicit tobacco increased 6% on the previous year

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'Balance is essential' for vape legislation

Elf Bar has warned that a ban on disposable vapes could lead to more illicit sales in the UK

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Asda to contribute almost £1m to Community Alcohol Partnerships

The move aims to increase the number of CAPs nationwide


‘Vape ban difficult for retailers to swallow’

Daniall Nadeem of Spar Motherwell Road reacts to the ban announcement and what this means for the illicit trade

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Breaking Down the Disposable Vape Ban: The Convenience Mix Podcast

The Convenience Mix looks at the impact of the government’s plan to ban disposable vapes 


Supplier frustration over disposable vape ban

The government’s proposed ban on single-use vapes has attracted criticism from suppliers in the category

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Retailers warn against disposable vape ban

Independent retailers warn that a ban on disposable vapes won’t have any effect

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28% of retailers report a rise in customers asking for illicit tobacco and vapes

Research from JTI reveals the devastating effects of illegal activity

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£10,000 fine issued for illicit tobacco sales

A store in Tameside has been fined almost £10,000 for the sale and supply of illicit tobacco


Lincolnshire Police seizes suspected cigarettes and vape from Sleaford store

The suspected illicit products were seized after a police officer witnessed the store selling vapes to under-age customers

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How to responsibly recycle single-use vapes

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Not disposing of vape products properly is having a growing environmental impact, so how can retailers support their consumers to act responsibly on vape disposal? Find out how Phoenix 2 Retail and a registered waste management company are combating the issue.


Vape industry Code of Conduct unveiled by IBVTA

The code of conduct sets out agreed standards and behaviours to help voluntarily regulate the vape sector, including how products should be marketed and their names and flavours


Suspended jail sentence and £125,000 fine for illicit vape trader

A former trader in Salford has received a suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay £125k after 55,000 counterfeit items were seized

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Retailer concern that generational ban will harm businesses

A survey, carried out by JTI, revealed that 86% of retailer are concerned about the impact of a generational tobacco ban on their business

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Lack of targeted enforcement fuels youth vaping

New research shows more needs to be done to tackle irresponsible vape traders

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What can you do if another retailer is selling illicit tobacco?

Seeing other retailers near you flaunting the laws can be frustrating but there are ways to tackle it


Over £100,000 of illegal tobacco found in ‘James Bond style’ hiding places

Illegal and potentially dangerous tobacco, worth over £100,000, has been seized from retailers in Dewsbury following a joint operation by West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Trading Standards.


IBVTA warns of ‘uncertain future’ for vape sector unless action is taken

The Independent British Vape Trade Association  has set out five recommendations to tackle key challenges in the vaping sector

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How to sell vape products legally in the UK

Confused about what vape products you can sell in your store? 


How to sell fireworks in your store

With Halloween, Diwali and the festive season a key period for fireworks, retailers must be careful to sell them within the correct dates and adhere to safety guidelines for correct storage and sale. 

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What support is available to retailers on proxy purchasing?

Proxy purchasing is a challenge for retailers, what advice is out there for store owners?


What you need to know about selling energy drinks

With no legislation on selling energy drinks in place, the pressure is on retailers to be responsible

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How to be a responsible National Lottery retailer

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With new legislation in effect from 1st October, retailers need to ensure they are preventing sales to under-18s and encouraging healthy play while selling National Lottery Games, says operator Camelot.

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What advice is available to retailers on age-restricted sales?

JTI outlines what retailers need to know and what support is available when it comes to tobacco sales.