Tobacco display ban reminder for supermarkets

File photo dated 19/03/2007 of a shop assistant reaching for a packet of cigarettes on sale in an off licence Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also moving towards similar bans

Related Stories

The government is reminding supermarket retailers in England to remove tobacco displays within the next 100 days.

The Department of Health said the ban, which will come into force on 6 April, would protect young people who were often the target of tobacco promotion.

Smaller shops do not have to change their displays until 2015.

Anti-smoking campaigners say the ban is an important step. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also moving towards similar bans.

From 6 April 2012, customers in England will still be able to buy cigarettes in the normal way, but the ban - which was announced in 2008 - will mean cigarettes will have to be kept under the counter.

The chief medical officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, said: ''Ending tobacco displays in shops will protect young people from unsolicited promotions, helping them to resist the temptation to start smoking.

"It will also help and support adults who are trying to quit.''

Smoking killed more than 80,000 people in England every year, the chief medical officer said.

Future generations

Anti-smoking campaigners have argued that displaying cigarettes near to things like chocolate and crisps makes smoking seem like an everyday part of life.

Start Quote

Retailers have nothing to fear”

End Quote Deborah Arnott Chief executive, Ash

"It's vital that everything is done to put tobacco out of sight and out of mind to protect future generations of children," said Jean King of Cancer Research UK.

"Half of all long-term smokers will die from a tobacco-related disease, and most become addicted as teenagers."

Countries including Canada, Iceland, Thailand and Norway have already banned visible tobacco displays.

"Retailers have nothing to fear," said Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Ash (Action on Smoking and Health). "The evidence from Ireland, when the legislation was implemented there, was that committed smokers still knew where to buy cigarettes and didn't need to see the displays to decide what they wanted to buy."

Scotland is due to introduce a similar ban in 2012.

The Welsh government said it remained committed to introducing regulations to ban the display of tobacco products at the point of sale, but legal challenges have delayed the process.

Northern Ireland also plans to implement similar regulations.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More UK stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Green animalLife in green

    BBC Earth discovers some of nature's weird and wonderful creatures dressed in a colourful coat

Programmes

  • Three men solving a puzzleThe Travel Show Watch

    Why tourists are heading to Budapest for the chance to break out of a room

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.