Taking action on smoking and health
Today (6 April) marks one year to go until all Scottish shops must stop displaying tobacco products.
April 2015 is also the deadline by which all Scottish hospitals must have completely smoke-free grounds.
A display ban for larger shops began in Scotland in 2013 and will apply to small stores from 6 April 2015.
ASH Scotland Chief Executive Sheila Duffy said:
“The display ban is an important policy to deter young people from being attracted to smoking and we hope smaller stores are making the necessary preparations.
“Business owners have had ample warning that they must comply with this legislation. The Bill was passed by the Parliament over four years ago and the final legal challenge to the move was rejected unanimously by the Supreme Court 16 months ago.
“With a year to go, small retailers need to be planning for this change and taking advice now.
“The need for the display ban is not lessened in any way by last week’s (April 3) decision by the UK Government to introduce plain, standardised packaging for tobacco products – another complementary measure to make smoking less attractive to young people.
“It is also vital that an NHS that strives to promote good health for all does everything it can to help people become free from tobacco and supports them to maintain smoke-free hospital grounds.”
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
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