Trading Standards set to get tough with new law over tobacco displays in stores

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SUPERMARKETS and large shops in Eastbourne are being reminded about a new law governing tobacco displays.

Trading Standards officers from the County Council are reminding big stores they will have to cover up their tobacco displays – and train their counter staff on the new law.

From April 6, all large shops in England have had to hide tobacco products from view in a drive to cut the number of smokers and protect young people who are sometimes the target of tobacco promotion.

Cllr Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Economy, Transport & Environment at East Sussex County Council, said, “All large shops in East Sussex will have to comply with the new law and those still unsure should contact our Trading Standards team for help and advice.

“Many current and ex-smokers say that they started smoking before they were 18 and many say they were smoking regularly by the age of 16.

“These new rules aim to cut the number of smokers and protect young people from tobacco promotion.

“Our Trading Standards Officers will be working with large shops to ensure they are following the new law.”

Large shops are defined as having a relevant floor space of more than 280 square metres, as used in the current Sunday Trading law.

For more information see the County Council’s website at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/consumeradvice.