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Tobacco ban 'won't harm' small businesses

9th June 2009

The new health secretary has spoken at a debate on the Health Bill about banning tobacco displays in order to discourage smoking.

Mr Burnham said banning displays would not be implemented until October 2011 for bigger businesses and 2013 for small shops. He said: "This will allow smaller retailers time to adjust, refitting their shops when older displays are due to be replaced anyway. It would never be my intention to make it harder for small retailers to survive, nevertheless we do have to act on the fact that many young people are taking up smoking." 

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