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									Carmarthenshire Standard
                                Raising the Standard for Proof of Age in Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire Campaign
Smokes it out
A MAJOR campaign has been launched
to prevent children in Carmarthenshire
buying cigarettes. Shops throughout
the county are being reminded of their
responsibility to avoid selling tobacco
to youngsters aged under 18.

Trading Standards officers      Twenty four per cent of the
have distributed information    adult population of Wales
packs to retailers throughout   smokes, and it is estimated
Carmarthenshire setting out     that smoking causes around
their legal responsibilities    6,000 deaths in Wales in
and telling them about          each year. The total cost
the council’s VALIDATE          to the NHS in England and
UK proof of age scheme.         Wales of treating smoking
The campaign is part of         related illness is £1.5 billion    Executive board member for housing and public protection
a national initiative co-       annually with some 34              Cllr Hugh Evans said: “This educational campaign is being
ordinated by the Wales          million working days lost a        carried out to ensure that retailers understand the change in
Heads of Trading Standards      year. The minimum age for          the law on the age at which youngsters can buy tobacco and
Group, representing all 22      tobacco sales was raised           tobacco-related products. It is important that they understand
Trading Standards Services      from 16 to 18 in October           that those products cannot be sold to anyone under the age
in Wales.                       2007.                              of 18 and that they should ask to see proof of age. “

Trading             Standards   Head of public protection
enforcement officer Mike        Philip Davies said: “The
Grace said: “We have            most recent figures for Wales
distributed     about     200   (2004), suggest that 28 per
information packs to shops      cent of 15-year-old girls and
throughout      the    county   19 per cent of 15-year-old
advising them of their          boys smoke regularly, which
responsibility on under age     is higher than England at 24
sales of tobacco products       per cent and 16 per cent
and related items such          respectively, and that the
as cigarette lighter refills.   average age at which these
We are pointing out that in     regular smokers began
the near future we will be      smoking was just 12. It is
carrying out test purchasing    an issue in Carmarthenshire
visits      using       young   that young people are
volunteers. Retailers who       gaining access to tobacco
                                                                  Chivers Corner Service Station with Manager Cliff and Mike Grace from
sell to under age children      products and it is vital that
                                                                  Carmarthenshire Trading Standards
could be reported with a        we tackle this issue.”
view to prosecution.”

VALIDATE UK, Main House, Bishop’s Yard, Main Street, CORBRIDGE, Northumberland NE45 5LA
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Carmarthenshire Standard                                               Raising the Standard for Proof of Age in Carmarthenshire

Evey Little
Tesco, Caramarthenshire County
Council Trading Standards & the
police team up to get the Challenge
21 message promoted !

It’s a Wheely Good Idea !
Young people in Carmarthenshire who have a VALIDATE UK proof-
of-age card can use it to have a free driving lesson.
                                                                     Marilyn Baverstock, Campaign Manager, AA Driving School
                                                                     said: “AA driving school is happy to be working with Validate to
                                                                     encourage youngsters to adopt a more responsible approach
                        The AA driving school, which has             to driving and road safety right from the outset. Young
                        successfully taught more than a million      drivers are the most ‘at risk’ driving group, largely through
                        drivers, has joined forces with Validate     inexperience, a poor attitude towards speeding, a need to
                        UK to give learner drivers the best          show off in front of others as well as misuse of alcohol and
                        possible start.                              drugs.

                        Validate card holders who book their         Never leave it to chance. We don’t. AA driving school uses
                        first two lessons with the AA will have      only fully qualified instructors who are committed to providing
their third lesson free. They must already hold a provisional        you with quality tuition. “
driving licence.

Carmarthenshire County Council trading standards officer
Mike Grace, who runs the Validate scheme in Carmarthenshire,
said: “This offer is mainly aimed at people who have just
reached driving age to help them start off. It is an incentive for
the youngsters.”


Any Validate card holders wanting to book lessons with the                                           18 on/ar

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AA driving school should contact 0800 294 1216 quoting                                                   DOB
                                                                                                       Dyddiad Geni


reference Code 342. They will need a free lesson voucher to
show the driving instructor.

Council executive board member for housing and public
protection Cllr Hugh Evans said: “This offer to Validate
cardholders by the AA will help with the cost for young people
starting driving lessons. It is another good reason to apply for
a Validate card if you don’t already have one.”

VALIDATE UK, Main House, Bishop’s Yard, Main Street, CORBRIDGE, Northumberland NE45 5LA
Tel: 01434 634996 Email:
Carmarthenshire Standard                                                   Raising the Standard for Proof of Age in Carmarthenshire

Students in UK
National Final
A team from Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn in
Newcastle Emlyn have won this year’s Welsh
Young Consumers of the Year competition
and will now represent Wales at the UK Finals
taking place in Brighton in July.
The winning Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn         place thanks to the support of         Photo: Welsh Young Consumer of the Year competition winners Ysgol
team was awarded a prize of           the competition sponsors - The         Gyfun Emlyn pupils Richard Cummings, Max Wilkinson, Ben Phillips
                                      Hoover Foundation, Validate            and Sara Chattun with Cllr Hugh Evans, Roger Edmunds and Mike
£250 for their school together
                                                                             Grace of Trading Standards
with the winners’ trophy. The         UK, The Co-operative Group,
runners up, Bedwas High School,       Western Power Distribution,
Caerphilly received £100, and all     Food Standards Agency (Wales),
participants in the competition       Brecon Carreg, Hasbro, W H
were given certificates, gift         Smith, , Consumer Direct Wales
vouchers and a bag of goodies.        and Iceland.
Teams of students representing
schools from 14 Welsh Local           Carmarthenshire County Council
Authorities, tested their wits on a   Executive Board member for
wide range of consumer related        Housing and Public Protection Cllr
subjects in the Welsh Regional        Hugh Evans said: “I’m delighted
Final at the Pavilion Theatre,        that the Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn team
Llandrindod Wells.                    are Welsh Champions and wish
                                      them well in the UK finals.
Fair Trading Officer Heidi Morris
said: “This was an exciting and       The whole experience should
challenging competition held          provide pupils with invaluable             For more information contact:
in a knock out format using an        information, which will help
electronic buzzer system.             prepare them for their journey             Mike Grace
                                      through life as consumers.”
Along the way contestants amass
                                                                                 Carmarthenshire County Council
a great deal of knowledge, which      Alan Branch-O`Neill, Chairman              Trading Standards
they would not otherwise learn at     of the Welsh YCOY Organising               Ty Elwyn
school. The competition raises        Committee, said: “A team from
student’s awareness of their          Wales were UK champions in                 LLANELLI
rights and responsibilities and       2003 and staff from Trading                Carmarthenshire
gives them essential life skills as   Standards will be giving all the           SA15 3AP
they prepare for the world beyond     help they can to both Ysgol Gyfun
                                      Emlyn and Bedwas High School
                                      in the hope that they can bring
                                                                                 Telephone: 01554 742285
All teams were accommodated           the trophy back to Wales again.”
overnight in a local hotel and                                         
enjoyed a pre-competition dinner
and entertainment the night
before the competition took

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