Staff and visitors to Marischal College will have noticed our colleagues doing a sterling job of raising awareness as part of Scottish Trading Standards Week.
Graeme Paton and the team will be manning their stall throughout the week as part of the national drive to tackle important issues and share very powerful messages.
The role of Trading Standards in protecting the people and place from harm can’t be overstated and day in day out there is great work being done in our city centre and communities – both in terms of detection and prevention.
The focus to kick-off the week has been on the sale of tobacco and vaping products to young people under the age of 18, with some quite shocking statistics highlighting the scale of the issue.
In Aberdeen our team employs a variety of tactics to counter the problem and have had some notable successes in helping and encouraging city businesses and consumers to comply with tobacco and e-cigarette law, taking enforcement action against those who refuse to.
In doing this work, we play a vital part in the government’s health agenda of reducing tobacco and e-cigarette use which will limit the damaging long-term health impacts and ease the pressures on our partners in the health service further down the line. It’s a really good example of the early intervention agenda and the potential for benefits across a number of our partners.
A range of other Trading Standards topics will be covered through the week and I’d urge you to take the time to visit the stand and show your support to the work of our team.