Cigarettes must now be hidden from view in large shops

Cigarettes and other tobacco products will now have to be hidden from view in all large shops and supermarkets in England.

Shops with a relevant floor area of more than 280 square metres will have to ensure that all tobacco products are out of sight except when staff are serving customers or carrying out other day-to-day tasks such as restocking. 

Those responsible in shops found to not be complying with the law could be fined up to £5,000 or could face imprisonment.

All other shops and businesses selling tobacco to the public will need to comply with the law from April 2015

Health minister Anne Milton said that most adult smokers started smoking as teenagers and this trend need to be stopped.

‘We cannot ignore the fact that young people are recruited into smoking by colourful, eye-catching, cigarette displays,’ she said.

‘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.’

Jo Butcher, programme director of health and well-being at the National Children’s Bureau, also welcomed the end of tobacco displays.

‘It’s essential that we create a culture that promotes and protects public health and tobacco legislation is a significant factor in making this happen.’

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