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New legislation comes into force over display of cigs and tobacco products

New legislation which bans the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products has come into force today.

The ban will initially begin at larger shops (with a floor area of more than 280 square metres) with effect from today. All other retailers, including pubs and clubs, must comply by 6th April 2015.

The new legislation requires the removal of all tobacco products from where they could be seen by under-18s and there are restrictions on the use and size of price lists promoting tobacco products.

Retailers must challenge anyone that they think could be under-18 before even showing the customer the product.

Trading Standards Officers from Nottinghamshire County Council will enforce the ban, which is being introduced under the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act.

Breaching the new law will be classed as a criminal offence. Any person, including shop managers and shop assistants found guilty of an offence could face a fine in the Magistrates Court of up to £5,000 or six months in prison or a maximum of two years imprisonment, a fine or both in the Crown Court.

Coun Mick Murphy, cabinet member for community safety at Nottinghamshire County Council, said, "Shoppers may already have noticed changes to tobacco displays in many larger stores as they prepare for the introduction of the new law.

"Smaller shops have a further three years before they must comply though, so people will see a significant difference in the way tobacco is displayed in their local newsagent from the way it is presented in the supermarket.

"Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards carries out extensive work in the area of underage sales for tobacco and alcohol. Enforcing the new legislation will be an addition to that work."

Published: Friday, April 06, 2012

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