Trading Standards enforces legislation in Lancashire preventing the illegal sale of alcohol, tobacco and other age restricted products to young people. This involves undertaking test purchasing operations at retail premises, providing advice and support to retailers, with a particular emphasis on small businesses, who sell age restricted products. We provide support to enable businesses to comply with legal requirements and also to raise awareness of their wider social responsibilities around the harmful effects these products can have on both individuals and communities.
In order to deliver a holistic response to underage sales issues, the Alcohol and Tobacco team takes a multi-agency approach to preventative and intervention opportunities. The aims are to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol and tobacco on the life chances of young people and the impacts they have on communities. This is achieved through research and consultation, producing and commissioning information and educational materials, developing and implementing strategies involving partner agencies, the community and young people.
This joined up approach to tackling underage alcohol and tobacco issues contributes towards the health and well-being of Lancashire’s young people and communities. The team has played a significant role in reducing the availability of alcohol and tobacco to young people since 2005 and has had success in reducing the levels of anti-social behaviour in targeted areas.