"Remember to hide your fags" say government
The display of tobacco products has been banned in stores over 3,000 sq ft since 2012 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Scotland followed suit a year later.
However from April 6th 2015, that will be extended to all stores, and anyone failing to comply with the new rules could face up to two years in prison or a fine or even both. Christ.
Public health minister Jane Ellison said: “With only five months to go before the legislation applies to all shops and businesses selling tobacco, I strongly encourage retailers to start preparing for the changes now.”
“Eye-catching displays of colourful cigarette packets can encourage young people to start smoking and undermine the resolve of adults who are trying to quit.”
We could quite easily get into a debate about how obscuring tobacco behind a till giving smokers grief versus how a whole aisle of alcohol must may make alcoholics feel, but now is not the time. The DoH have said that retailers could get support from the tobacco industry in making their displays compliant.
In the meantime, advertising of electronic cigarettes became okay as of 10th November, but that too may not be for long due to the European Tobacco Products Directive scheduled to come in from May 2016 would prevent the advertising of e-cigarettes on television and radio.
Ellison spoke of this final countdown by Europe and said: “More and more people are using e-cigarettes which is why we want to make sure they are properly regulated. We support the European directive’s proposed controls on e-cigarette advertising which will apply from May 2016.”