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Tobacco Display Ban: Small Shops Angry

Small retailers have reacted angrily to news that the ban on tobacco displays in shops is going ahead, despite their cost concerns. According to the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), the decision to ban retailers from displaying tobacco products openly at the point of sale will cost small shops £40 million. Costs would include fitting flaps over existing gantries or installing new cabinets. The Tobacco Authority and Promotion (Display) Regulations 2010 were originally passed in March 2010. The ban was confirmed this month in the Department of Health report Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Tobacco Control Plan for England, after a review of the regulations. However, following a consultation the Government has delayed implementation of the ban for small retailers, from 2013 to 2015. “We... »