Website Age Verification for Vape and Ecig Online Shops
Seamless Online Age Verification for Vape and E-Cigarette Online Shops
It’s now rare to walk down a High Street without encountering a Vaping Store selling e-cigarettes, vaping kits and e-liquids. Their growth, since vaping was introduced to the UK in 2004, has been phenomenal, matched only by online stores. Over 2,500 online vaping stores are registered for business in the UK and a recent survey showed that there are now over 2.9 million vapers in the UK.
Age Checks for Online Vaping Stores
The vaping industry has grown faster and more widely than anyone predicted. The market for these products includes ex-smokers, smokers who use vaping in non-smoking environments, and young people encountering the product for the first time. Ever since 2015 it has been illegal to sell vaping products on or offline to young people under the age of 18, but many websites still operate without effective age checking.
Potential Barriers to Effective Online Age Checks
Whilst there are highly effective age verification services available, there remain a number of potential barriers to their adoption. These include:
- Confusion – it is illegal to buy nicotine or vaping products under the age of 18, however it is not illegal to smoke nicotine or vaping products if you are over 16. This area of ambiguity continues to prove confusing to both customers and vendors.
- Barrier to Sale – some online vendors have expressed concern about slowing down the sales process in order to verify the buyer’s age. Whilst there is no evidence that age checking deters legitimate customers, some online sellers are willing to risk the £2,500 fine by selling to underage customers.
- Inadequate Checks – young people, under the age of 18, continue to be able to access vaping products because nominal age verification is used which doesn’t require evidence to be submitted. In these cases the vendor is responsible for underage sales.
Effective Age Verification for Online Vaping Stores
UK law is clear that selling e-cigarettes, or e-liquids, to young people under the age of 18 is illegal. Online stores need, therefore, to be able to unambiguously verify the age of their customers before proceeding to sale, in order to be legal. AgeChecked has developed a range of seamless age verification services, requiring only basic contact information to check age eligibility.
We have listened carefully to the concerns of online vendors, and developed a product which is designed to offer a fast and courteous service to customers. Most important, we tailor our age verification services to the needs of both the business and their customers. For example, we are able to offer batch file checks, API integration and self verification.
Global Age Verification
It’s in the interests of all of us to ensure that the internet offers a safe and legal service to customers wishing to buy age-restricted products. AgeChecked is a specialist in global age verification. We are trusted providers of age verification products to a global network of online vendors who share our desire to maintain the safety and integrity of online sales.