An Edgware shopkeeper has been given a hefty fine after being caught selling a vape to a 14-year-old by Barnet Council’s Trading Standards team.
Mr Sheroz Talib, owner of Fone Us Edgware, was charged with selling nicotine products to a person aged under 18 years old at Willesden Magistrates Court.
Mr Talib had been observed selling vapes to underage children early in 2022 and had been warned and advised of his responsibilities accordingly by Trading Standards.
Barnet Council Leader, Cllr Barry Rawlings, said: “We’re very pleased with the fine handed to Mr Talib. Barnet Council is working hard to protect its community from crime and helping to protect the health of its children and young people.
“This fine should send a strong warning to those who illegally trade vapes or cigarettes and we will continue to crack down on illegal underage sales.”
Mr Talib was fined as the salesperson and as director of the company, making the total fine £3,334.28.
Last year, a study from the charity Mix, which provides support to young people under 25, showed that the proportion of young people vaping over had almost trebled to 44% – up from 15% in 2021.