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  New ID scheme to stop underage spending
Updated 22 January 2003, 09.18
Too many underage kids are buying cigarettes and alcohol
A new identity card scheme is being launched as the latest weapon to stop kids buying things they aren't supposed to.

Alcohol, cigarettes and some computer games are all things you need to be a certain age to buy. But shopkeepers have always had a problem working out how old you are.

Fact File
What u can buy when
Videos, cinema and computer games 12, 15 and 18 years
Liqueur chocolates 16
Cigarettes and tobacco 16
Petrol 16
Lottery tickets, scratch cards 16
Party poppers and caps 16
Knives 16
Air guns and pellets 17
Alcohol, solvents 18
Tattooing 18
Butane gas cigarette lighter refills, fireworks 18
(source: British Retail Consortium)

The new scheme will mean every proof of age id card will have a special hologram on them, called a Pass logo, which stands for Proof of Age Standards Scheme.

It means shopkeepers will only accept an id card with the new logo on it as proof of age.

And this will make it much harder to use fake ids.

The important thing about the new scheme is that people's ages will have been checked out officially, to make sure anyone who carries one really is the age the card says they are.

Shopkeepers hope the scheme will stop them getting shouted at or threatened when they ask kids to prove how old they are.

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