Norway - starting January 1, 2010 - tobacco no longer on display..

Norway - Coat-of-Arms:

December 21, 2009 - From January 1st 2010, tobacco, snuff and other tobacco goods may no longer be displayed near the checkout point at Norwegian stores, but must be hidden under the counter.

The new ban will also affect tax free stores at Norwegian airports and on international ferries and ships registered in Norway.

The ban also includes chocolate cigarettes and liquorice (licorice) pipes.

-To prevent an evasion of the law, it will also be forbidden to display products that look like tobacco goods, says Health Directorate spokesperson Siri Nesheim.

In Norway by 1 July 2011 all cigarette packs shall carry a pictorial health warning. The new regulations will come into force 1 January 2010. Cigarettes must carry pictorial health warnings by 1 July 2011 at the latest, while other tobacco products must carry such warnings by 1 January 2012. (Pictorial health warnings on tobacco products, Norway Ministry of Health and Care Services, 10/12/2009.)

Reference: Tobacco no longer on display, The Norway Post, 12/21/2009.

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