Age-restricted products

Age-restricted products

The full range of age-restricted products are considered to present real risks to the health and welfare of children and teenagers.

Legislation prohibits the supply (sale or hire) of the following specific products to persons under specified age limits:

  • alcohol

  • cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and tobacco

  • fireworks

  • cigarette lighter refills containing butane

  • liqueur chocolates

  • lottery tickets and scratchcards

  • video recordings and computer games

  • spray paints

  • botulinum toxin and cosmetic fillers 

  • corrosive substances

  • bladed articles

If you are a trader in any of the above products, you and your staff should be aware of the age restrictions, the associated law and guidance.  

Trading Standards Officers need to know which premises are making, or are suspected of making, illegal sales so that steps can be taken through advice, warnings or prosecution to prevent such sales. It is vital that such knowledge or suspicions are reported to the Trading Standards service, and you can report it through our online form.


Trading Standards service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. Email:  

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