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Cig fines for teens.

UNDER-AGE teenagers who try to buy cigarettes will face spot fines from early next year.

The legislation is being brought in following reports of increasing threatening behaviour of youngsters towards retailers since the legal age for tobacco sales was raised to 18 in October.

Law and order minister Vernon Coaker is to bring the legislation in line with alcohol penalties where youngsters can be hit with pounds 60 instant fines, plus further sanctions for threatening behaviour.

Labour MP Dawn Butler said it would "act as a deterrent".
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 16, 2007
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