Since October 2007, in England, Scotland and Wales, it is illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 18.
The age limit was previously 16. This includes the sale of cigars, rolling tobacco, rolling papers, and cigarettes from vending machines. This change in the law brings the age restriction in line with the purchase of alcohol.
The reason for the age change is to try and deter young people from starting smoking. The earlier you start smoking, the more likely you are to be addicted later on in life. For example, if you start smoking at 15, you are three times more likely to die of cancer than if you started smoking in your mid-20s.
These posters, Don't Try To Guess Ages and Actual Ages, demonstrate the difficulties in guessing someone's age only too well and can be a useful tool to remind staff of the need to ask for proof of age when purchasing tobacco and associated products.