Tobacco Retailers Act
From 6 April 2016 all retailers in Northern Ireland who sell tobacco related products must be registered under the Tobacco Retailers Act (Northern Ireland) 2014. The new legislation is just one of a range of measures being introduced in order to reduce smoking prevalence amongst children and young people.
How do I register?
Registration is quick, easy and free. Retailers can register online on the Tobacco Register NI homepage http://www.tobaccoregisterni.gov.uk , by downloading an application form or by requesting an application form from the Environmental Health Department 0300 303 1777.
All retailers have until 1 July 2016 to register. It will then be illegal to sell tobacco products if you are not registered to do so.
The Tobacco Retailers Act also introduced a number of additional provisions, including the offence of proxy purchasing, i.e. an adult buying tobacco products on behalf of a child. The maximum fine applicable for selling tobacco to a person under the age of 18 increases from £2,500 to £5,000.
For further guidance download the Tobacco Retailers Act Guidelines or contact the Tobacco Control Officer at Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, 0300 303 1777.