Borough Council of Wellingborough

Smokefree England

Is the age of sale of cigarettes or tobacco products changing?

Yes. Under the Health Act 2006 from the 1st October 2007 the age of sale for cigarettes and other tobacco products increased to 18 years. For details contact Northamptonshire Trading Standards Service on 01604 707900.

Is there a 'proof of age' scheme?

Northamptonshire Trading Standards Service actively promotes the issue of Citizen Cards throughout schools in the area. This provides businesses with a consistent and recognised means of asking young people to provide proof of their age when selling any age-restricted product such as cigarettes. For information on the Citizen Card visit