Tobacco display ban comes into force in England

A ban on tobacco displays in large shops and supermarkets came into force in England on Friday, meaning such stores must hide cigarettes from public view.

Under the new rules, all products must be kept out of sight except when staff are serving customers or restocking.

The display ban applies to shops covering more than 280 square metres (3,014 square feet). Those in of the law could face a fine up to £5,000 ($7,930, 6,070 euros) or even imprisonment.

Smaller stores are exempt from the ban until 2015.

"We cannot ignore the fact that young people are recruited into smoking by colourful, eye-catching, cigarette displays," health minister Anne Milton said.

"Most adult smokers started smoking as teenagers and we need to stop this trend.

"Banning displays of cigarettes and tobacco will help young people resist the pressure to start smoking and help the thousands of adults in England who are currently trying to quit."

It is illegal to sell tobacco in Britain to anyone under the age of 18, though different parts of the United Kingdom have their own legislation regarding smoking.

Smoking in enclosed public places was banned in in July 2007.

The government is consulting on introducing plain packaging for packets of and other .

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley told BBC television: "We want to arrive at a place where we no longer see smoking as a normal part of life. We're doing it by stages with constant, active pressure.

"The culture is about moving to a place where... people don't encounter it normally: they don't see it in their big supermarkets, they don't see people smoking in public places, they don't see tobacco vending machines."

Around a fifth of adults in Britain are smokers.

Related Stories

Retail tobacco displays make it tougher to quit

date Feb 07, 2008

Tobacco advertising displays may be undermining smokers' attempts to give up and tempting former smokers to resume smoking, research by Professor of Marketing Janet Hoek has found.

Tobacco displays increase the odds of teens becoming smokers

date Sep 13, 2011

Young people who find tobacco displays in shops attractive and who easily recall seeing the displays have a greater chance of becoming a smoker according to a new Cancer Research UK funded research study published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research today. ...

Recommended for you

India's bidi workers suffer for 1,000-a-day habit

date 5 hours ago

Zainab Begum Alvi and her band of young helpers hunch over baskets filled with tobacco flakes and dried leaves, trying to roll a thousand dirt-cheap cigarettes a day at the behest of India's powerful bidi barons.

Key to better sex ed: Focus on gender & power

date Apr 17, 2015

A new analysis by Population Council researcher Nicole Haberland provides powerful evidence that sexuality and HIV education programs addressing gender and power in intimate relationships are far more likely ...

Journal tackles aging policy issues raised by White House

date Apr 17, 2015

In anticipation of the forthcoming 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA), The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has produced a special issue of The Gerontologist that outlines a vision for older adults' econom ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.