Retailers urged to respond to tobacco display proposals

30 April, 2010

Proposals outlining how Scotland’s cigarette display ban will work have been published by the Scottish government.

A three-month consultation on the draft regulations will give retailers and other interested bodies a chance to have their say and to shape the final regulations.

The proposals include allowing retailers an area approximately the size of a packet of cigarettes to be seen by a customer when being served tobacco.

In contrast, regulations in England and proposed regulations in Wales allow 80 packets of cigarettes to be seen by a customer during a transaction.

John Drummond, chief executive of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation, said: “The technical challenges in fitting a solution to existing units that is robust enough to meet the ministers’ demands could be insurmountable.

“It could mean retailers have to rip out and replace existing units, resulting in an outlay far greater than the Scottish government’s superficial estimate.”?The government has estimated the cost at £320 for refitting a medium-sized shop to comply with a display ban.

The consultation will run until July 20 and responses can be sent via email to tobaccodisplayandsaleregulations@?

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