Consultation outcome

Nicotine inhaling products: introducing a minimum age of sale

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

This report provides an overview of the responses received and a summary of the main themes that emerged in response to the consultation.

It also sets out how the regulations have been amended to reflect the information gathered during the consultation. Subject to parliamentary approval, we anticipate the new regulations will come into force on 1 October 2015. Also published is the Equality Analysis which was updated following the consultation.

The Regulatory Policy Committee has considered the final Impact Assessment and provided a ‘fit for purpose’ rating.

Original consultation


Seeks views on proposals to introduce a minimum age of sale for the purchase of nicotine inhaling products, including e-cigarettes.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on draft regulations to introduce a minimum age of sale of 18 for the purchase of nicotine inhaling products, including e-cigarettes, in England and Wales.

We have also published an equality analysis and an impact assessment. A number of consultation questions specifically relate to the impact on business.

The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) considered an earlier draft of the impact assessment and indicated where additional evidence was needed. A revised impact assessment has been scrutinised by the RPC and rated as fit for purpose.


Published 17 December 2014
Last updated 18 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Government response to consultation on the age of sale for nicotine inhaling products
  2. Updated response form added to page.
  3. First published.