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Tobacco display ban unveiled

22nd May 2008

The Scottish government has revealed plans to ban the open display of cigarettes in shops.


The move is among a number of measures designed to help cut smoking-related deaths in Scotland and also includes a tobacco licensing scheme, outlawing the sale of cigarettes in packs of 10, plain packaging for cigarettes and help for councils to better enforce tobacco sales law.

Scotland’s Public Health Minister Shona Robison said giving cigarettes “pride of place? on shelves did not fit with the drive to tackle smoking-related illness.

Scotland banned smoking in public places two years ago and six months ago raised the legal age for buying cigarettes to 18.

Legislation to bring in the latest plans looks set to be introduced next year with the moves being taken forward with the support of the UK government.

Ms Robison told MSPs: “Despite tobacco advertising having been banned in 2002, there are growing concerns that prominent displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products in shops and other points of sale are undermining our wider tobacco control efforts to denormalise smoking.

“The protection of children and young people from the impact of tobacco must be paramount and there are instances - and this is one - when the benefits to the public health of the nation must take precedence.?

There are 13,000 deaths every year from smoking in Scotland and 33,500 hospital admissions, costing the health service about £200m.

The tough measures were welcomed by anti-smoking groups and cancer charities, particularly steps to put cigarettes “out of sight.?


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Article Information

Title: Tobacco display ban unveiled
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 6862
Date Added: 22nd May 2008


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