Scotland - Tobacco Retailing Registration begins 1st April 2011..

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Scotland - starting, must register if you are going to sell tobacco products..

If you want to continue to sell cigarettes, licensees must register their premises by the 1st of October at the very latest when new legislation will take effect. Anyone selling tobacco in Scotland will be required to sign up to the Scottish Government’s Tobacco Register which will come into operation on the 1st of April.

Under the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010, retailers must register to sell cigarettes and already some retailers have been posted registration packs, including some pubs and hotels, but not all.

The packs give information on how to register and also include a selection of signs for staff and customers that can be displayed within premises.

The ability to register, which will not commence until the 1st of April, will be straightforward and free. Retailers will be able to sign up to the register either online a or by requesting a form from Trading Standards within each Council area. Notices/Singage will also be available for retailers to display in their premises. Retailers will then have until October 1 to complete the registration process. After this date, it will be illegal for retailers to sell tobacco products if they are not registered and could face fines of up to £20,000 and a possible maximum prison sentence of six months.

From the 1st of April, it will also be an offence for

* anyone under 18 to buy or attempt to buy tobacco products or cigarette papers

* anyone under 18 who is in possession of tobacco products or cigarette papers in a public place failing to comply with a request from the police to surrender these items or to supply a name and address

* anyone 18 or over to buy tobacco products on behalf of anyone under 18.

Reference: Tobacco Retailing Registration 1st April 2011,,

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