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Court challenge delays tobacco display ban

25 January 2011

Implementation of the tobacco display ban in shops will be delayed because of an ongoing legal challenge, the Scottish Government announced today.

Ministers planned to bring the ban into force for larger retailers on 1 October this year, with smaller shops following in 2013. However, Imperial Tobacco are appealing a Court of Session decision which rejected the company's challenge to the legislation as beyond the powers of the Scottish Parliament.

The appeal is due to be heard later this year, which would not allow sufficient preparation time for retailers in advance of implementation in October.

Public Health Minister Shona Robison said: "The ban on displaying tobacco products in shops is being introduced to make cigarettes less attractive to children and young people.

"We remain fully committed to this policy and are continuing to work with the retail industry to prepare for implementation.

"However, the ongoing legal challenge means that an October start date is now unrealistic. We will announce the new implementation date as soon as possible."

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