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Tobacco product display banned

Product displays mainly influence young people and those trying to quit

It’s the classic behind-the-till scene; cigarette packs for customers to browse while they wait.

Yet from 3 December 2012, large stores and supermarkets will no longer display tobacco products, but instead keep them under the counter and display a logo-free price list. By 2015 this will apply to all stores.

ASH Wales Press and Campaign Manager, Felicity Walters, claims the ban will not affect shopkeepers. Primarily aimed at preventing young people from starting smoking, she says the ban will barely influence adult smokers, as only 6% choose at the till.

Walters comments, “The new law today is a significant step forward in making tobacco less accessible and less visible, which we believe will reduce the number of young people who are tempted to start smoking.”