January 26, 2011 - Implementation of the tobacco display ban in shops will be delayed because of an ongoing legal challenge. The ban had been expected to come into force for larger retailers on October 1. (January 29, 2010 - Scotland - parliament votes to ban retail cigarette displays and vending machines..) However, Imperial Tobacco are appealing an earlier Court of Session judgement which found in favour of the Scottish Government.
The new law, voted in by MSPs at the start of 2010, was due to begin for larger retailers in October this year. (January 29, 2010 - Scotland - parliament votes to ban retail cigarette displays and vending machines..)
The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services Act aims to discourage young people from taking up smoking by banning shops from displaying cigarettes and other tobacco products and restrict cigarette vending machines.But Imperial Tobacco is appealing against a decision dismissing its original challenge in 2010, meaning the legislation cannot be used. (September 30, 2010 - Scotland - Imperial Tobacco loses attempt to overturn ban on cigarette displays and removal of vending machines..; July 1, 2010 - Scotland - Imperial Tobacco in legal action to stop ban on cigarette displays and vending machine removal..)
The appeal is due to be heard later this year which would not allow sufficient preparation time for retailers in advance of implementation in October.
Public Health Minister Shona Robison said: "The ban on displaying tobacco products in shops is being introduced to make cigarettes less attractive to children and young people. We remain fully committed to this policy and are continuing to work with the retail industry to prepare for implementation.
However, the ongoing legal challenge means that an October start date is now unrealistic. We will announce the new implementation date as soon as possible. We are committed to doing all we can to improve the nation's health and banning the display of tobacco products in shops will help to discourage a future generation of smokers."
The ban is due to come into force on the 1st October 2011 for large stores and 1st October 2013 for smaller stores. Scotland - mainly shopkeepers oppose tobacco display ban...
References: Tobacco display ban delay, Scotland.gov.uk, 1/25/2011; Legal appeal delays tobacco display ban in Scotland, BBC News - Scotland, 1/25/2011.
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