Tobacco display ban costs kept down

04 March, 2010

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed government concessions on rules that will be in place when a tobacco display ban comes into force.

The new regulations, which are expected to be tabled in Parliament next week, have been modified from the draft proposals published in November, which were criticised by the ACS for being too restrictive and costly for retailers.

In the final regulations, the maximum permitted display area will be 0.75sq m, with a minimum of four doors. Previous plans had involved 20 doors.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The finalised regulations present fewer practical difficulties and lower implementation costs than the draft proposals.”

Stores with a retail floor space larger than 280sq m will be required to comply by October 1, 2011, and smaller stores by 2013.




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