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The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading is asking retailers and licensees to ignore any promotional material they receive from UK Proof of Age card companies which suggests that age limits for the sale of age restricted goods have changed.

The material, which promotes the use of a UK Proof of Age card, was brought to the attention of the Office by an observant retailer from a newsagents on Peel Road. The material which includes posters and counter top displays states that the age at which young people can buy tobacco products is 16. This is true in the UK but not in the Isle of Man where you have to be 18 to buy. The penalties for selling, which are shown on the material, are also different on the Island.

The Office of Fair Trading offers the Island's own proof of age card, the "18+ Proof of Age Card", which is widely accepted by the Island's retailers and licensees as a secure method by which young people can prove their age.

Chairman of the Office, Quintin Gill MHK, commenting on the material said:

"We are grateful that this was brought to our attention. It is very confusing for retailers and licensees when they are sent information like this. My Office has contacted the card company concerned and advised them of the problem. Although we are not suggesting that the company should not be allowed to promote its card here, we must insist that the promotion reflects Manx law."

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Application forms for an Isle of Man Government 18+ Proof of Age Card can be obtained from the Office of Fair Trading, Lord Street, Douglas (or its website www.gov.im/oft). The cost of the card is £5.

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