Last updated: 23 August 2023

Next review: 23 August 2024

Cigarette lighter fuel

You must not sell or supply cigarette lighter fuel or any cigarette lighter re-fill canister containing butane, or any other substance containing butane, to any person under the age of 18 years.

The penalty for selling the above to an underage person is up to 6 months imprisonment, or a fine of £5,000, or both.

Intoxicating solvents

It is an offence for you to sell or supply any substance to a person under the age of 18 years, or to a person acting on their behalf, knowing, or having reasonable cause to suspect that the substance, or its fumes will be inhaled for the purpose of causing intoxication.

Along with solvent based glue and aerosols these include dry cleaning fluid, correction fluid and thinner, marker pens, ‘cold start’ and anti-freeze)

The maximum penalty on summary conviction is up to 6 months imprisonment, or a fine of £5,000, or both.

Aerosol paint

You must not sell an aerosol paint container (a device which contains paint stored under pressure and which is designed to permit the release of paint as a spray) to anyone under 16.