The last Labour Government legislated for the introduction of a tobacco products display ban as part of the Health Act (2009). The Coalition Government implemented the ban on the display of tobacco products in large stores in 2012 and in small shops in 2015.
The TMA opposed and continues to oppose the prohibition on the display of tobacco products, because we believe that displays are necessary in order to allow adult consumers to make informed choices about the products they wish to consume based on availability, price and brand from the wide range of tobacco products on the market.
Since its introduction, the display ban has adversely affected thousands of small retailers and the communities they serve. Product display above the counter is essential to retailers. It enables them to keep products secure and maintain retail efficiency standards, e.g. speed up transaction times and reduce the need for extended verbal communication.
Disappointingly, there has been no post-implementation review of the effectiveness of the tobacco products display ban.