Smoker's face: scan estimates age of buyer at cigarette stores

April 04, 2024 by

Smoker's face: scan estimates age of buyer at cigarette stores

In the Netherlands, smokers may need a face scan to prove they are over 18 to purchase cigarettes, with fines up to €9,000 for non-compliance. Using AI, a camera estimates age based on facial features. 100 outlets, including 5 gas stations in The Hague, have adopted the technology. Data is not stored, and scanning is not obligatory. Some find the process helpful, while others have concerns about data privacy. Starting in July, tobacco sales will be limited to specialized stores and gas stations.

11.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 1.6 million current smokers in Netherlands.



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