Originally Posted by Lee-Z
"Whoever buys the tobacco for a younger person is not punishable. However, if the seller can know that they are for a young person under the age of 18, he must refuse to sell. Otherwise he is punishable."
so it's the seller who runs the risk of punishment, not the buyer.
Do you think Alexia buys her cigarettes (assuming she smokes) directly from vendors, in which case the seller is punishable (since he/she is selling to someone who he/she clearly knows is under 18) or does someone else buy them for her, in which case the seller may not be punishable (as he/she has no way to know whom the cigarettes are intended for), but there is at least an ethical (if not legal) issue involved with the intermediate as he/she is initentionally and consciously trying to circumvent the law ?
By the way, again, that is similar I guess to what happens in the States; the seller, not the underage buyer, is the one who is punished/fined. The only difference is that a third-party that operates as an intermediate/ supplier to the minor (even for free) is also punishable, I think, in most states if he does so intentionally (or at least I think he is; I am not a lawyer).
It would be a bigger embarassment if it turns out that someone inside the Royal Household is the supplier. I think that used to happen in the case of the Prince of Wales' sons, who also got cigarettes from Royal Household staff (long-term royal watchers may confirm that; I didn't follow them when they were kids).
Maybe the mods could please move this discussion to "Royals who smoke".