From today, 6th April 2015, newsagents and corner shops must hide: cigarettes, cigars and tobacco from view.
The new rules are part of a Government drive to stop people smoking and will force shopkeepers to only display plain posters saying ‘cigarettes sold here’ and to hand over a price list to over 18 customers wishing to purchase tobacco products. Supermarkets were hit by the ban in 2012.
In 2016, colourful packaging on tobacco products will also be subject to a ban.
The Government has said that 80,000 people a year die prematurely from the effects of smoking, but the habit now appears to be in decline.
Official figures last year showed that the share of adults who used cigarettes was just 18.7 per cent, less than half the levels in the 1970s.
Any retailers that are not ready for today’s ban can contact the NFAN for guidance: https://www.nfrnonline.com/Public-Affairs/Dont-Keep-Us-in-the-Dark-Campaign