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New rules for tobacco sales, 25/08/11 [S]

Retailers intending to sell tobacco have been reminded that they have until October 1 to sign up to a new national register.

Under the new Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act, retailers must register to sell cigarettes. More than 5,000 have already signed up.

The Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, said:

"Cigarettes are harmful and it is only right that decisive action is taken to improve our health as a nation and discourage people from smoking.

"The introduction of the Scottish Tobacco Retailer Register will further help trading standards officers enforce age restrictions and crackdown on illicit sales.

The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010, passed by parliament last year, contains measures aimed specifically at reducing the attractiveness and availability of tobacco to under 18s. As well as the introduction of the Scottish Tobacco Retailer Register it bans the display of tobacco and related products in shops, bans the sale of tobacco from vending machines, makes it an offence for under 18s to purchase tobacco, makes it an offence for adults to buy tobacco for under 18s (proxy purchase), gives trading standards officers powers to issue fixed penalty notices, and gives courts the power to ban retailers from selling tobacco where they have continually broken the law.

For full details see the Scottish Government news release.

Further Information

New rules for tobacco sales