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Imperial Tobacco is a problem starting to display ban

Imperial Tobacco last week announced the launch of the call through the Supreme Court against the implementation of the ban the display of cigarettes in Scotland.

The Scottish Government said the ban on the demonstration of cigarettes in shops will protect young people and smoking. The move is expected to increase the health of the Scottish people in future generations.

Imperial Tobacco, which produces brands such as Lambert & Butler, Golden Virginia and Rizla, the problems started with the ban because of concerns about the cost to retailers and a potential increase in the illicit trade in tobacco products.Imperial Tobacco also makes Davidoff cigarettes, West cigarettes and Gauloises cigarettes.

The representative of the Imperial Tobacco said: “Imperial Tobacco is challenging the competence of the Scottish Government in law to prohibit tobacco display and tobacco vending sales ban in Scotland.

“We believe that the correct interpretation of the law of Scotland reserves the right to legislate on these issues in Westminster.”

Imperial Tobacco has also announced that there was no evidence that a ban would reduce smoking among young people.

The statement said: “There has been no reduction in smoking in the countries where such bans have been introduced.”

The spokesman added: “Display bans, however, to go against the principle of adult choice, they are anti-competitive, and – given the lack of evidence that they actually achieve what they are intended to achieve – they are an unnecessary cost burden for retailers.

“Display bans and makes it easier for a minority of rogue retailers who sell counterfeit tobacco in stock and sell illegal products.

The ban was to come into force in April 2012 for large stores, reflecting the British plan legislation.

Problems with Imperial Tobacco and requirements to notify the EU resulted in a delay that date. The Scottish Government is still hopeful that the ban in place across the country in 2015, as well as the time frame originally envisaged for small shops.

It is believed that the conversion of stores in accordance with the ban will cost between £ 160 and £ 640, depending on the size of the store.

It was announced in January that only 1 square meter of tobacco or tobacco-related products can be open at any given time.

This has been increased from the original proposals of only 120 sq cm after the issue was raised by retailers on practical aspects of such a small space.

The size of the display area is much less than 1.5 square meters, proposed in England and Wales.

Scottish government spokesman said: “We believe that the size of the display, which is much less than 15 square meters allowed the equivalent regulations for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will be effective in reducing the appeal of cigarettes to young people.

“Scottish Government remains committed to implementing the provisions are being developed as soon as it is legally allowed to do.”

The ban will also see the distribution of tobacco products through vending machines illegal, a move that was already taken in the UK in October 2011.


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