UK: Supermarket Ban on Cigarette and Tobacco Displays Comes into Force
Date:2013-05-07 00:00 

Large retailers have been banned from displaying cigarettes and other tobacco products after new legislation came into force on Sunday.
Public Health Minister Michael Matheson claimed the move was the "right step" to deter young people from taking up smoking.
The open display ban was introduced as part of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010, which will also see the sale of cigarettes from vending machines prohibited.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland have already brought in similar bans to prevent large stores from displaying cigarettes and tobacco.
Stores that do not comply could be convicted of a criminal offence or receive a fixed penalty fine from trading standards officers.
"These bans are the right step to prevent young people in Scotland from taking up smoking," Mr Matheson said.
"It is well known that smoking is associated with a range of illness and is the primary preventable cause of ill health and premature death. Each year, tobacco use is associated with over 13,000 deaths and 56,000 hospital admissions in Scotland.
"That is why it is so important that this government works to improve health by reducing the number of people who choose to smoke and evidence shows that young people exposed to the promotion of tobacco are more likely to try smoking."
The Scottish Government’s Tobacco Control Strategy also supports the introduction of standardised packaging.
Large shops are defined as those with a relevant floor area exceeding 280 square metres. Smaller retailers have until April 6, 2015 to comply with the display ban. Enditem