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Timetable for ban on tobacco advertising, 20/11/02 [S]

The timetable for banning tobacco advertising and promotion in Scotland, has been announced, following Royal Assent of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill.

The Act, which extends to the whole of the UK, will ban press advertising, billboard tobacco advertising, restrict internet advertising and prohibit the promotion of tobacco products through free gifts, coupons and mailshots.

The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion act 2002 (Commencement) (Scotland) Order 2002 has sets out the timing of the introduction of the key provisions of the Act in Scotland.

Timing of some of the key provisions

  • billboards, press, free distributions - 14 February 2003


  • point of sale advertising - subject to consultation


  • in-pack promotion schemes - 14 May 2003


  • direct marketing contracts (set up before October 1999) - 14 May 2003


  • sponsorship and brandsharing - subject to consultation


The consultation document on the regulations concerning point of sale, brandsharing and sponsorship is availableon the Scottish Executive website. The consultation period ended on 8 November 2002.

For more information see Scottish Executive News Release: SEhd234/2002.

Further Information

  1. Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Scotland) Bill- Bill (as introduced)
  2. Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Scotland) Bill: Explanatory Notes
  3. Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill 2001 - PDF