Scotland's cigarette display ban

New legislation comes in today to ban larger retailers in Scotland from displaying cigarettes and tobacco products.

Full report: Tobacco display ban in Scotland

Large retailers in Scotland are now banned from displaying cigarettes and tobacco products.

The ban will be rolled out to smaller shops in 2015.

Health campaigners say the law - which is already in force in England - will help stop young people smoking.

However, many retailers claim there is no evidence it will make a difference.

Kathryn Samson reports:

Your thoughts on tobacco display ban in Scotland

ITV Border has been asking the public whether they think the tobacco display ban, which has been brought into place in Scotland (for large retailers), will help deter smokers or not.

Below are some of your thoughts.

Anne Ellerton from Cumbria said:

"I think it will maybe help deter kids from starting but not adults."

Colin Riddell from Galashiels said:

"The government doesn't want people to stop smoking they just want to try and show the public that they are 'trying' to stop people from smoking.

"The truth is they need smokers as they make a huge deal of money from the smokers with unrealistic tax on cigarettes."

"The only effect this will have will be on the staff who will find it harder to locate the items. It certainly won't put off current smokers in my opinion."

– Sharon Douglas, Jedburgh

"The only way it will affect is if they stop making them. I'm a smoker, if i cant get them then i wouldn't smoke.

"Keeping them hidden is not going to make a differnce as petrol stations and smaller shops don't have to cover them up so whats the point people will smoke regardless."

– Kerry Yule, Kelso

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Tobacco display ban for Scottish supermarkets

Cigarette displays are now banned in large retailers in Scotland Credit: PA

New legislation comes in today to ban larger retailers in Scotland from displaying cigarettes and tobacco products.

Stores that do not comply could be convicted of a criminal offence or receive a fine from trading standards officers.

The ban is already in place in England and Wales.

It will be rolled out to smaller shops in 2015.

Scotland's cigarette display ban

Large retailers in Scotland are now banned from displaying cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Self-service tobacco vending machines are also banned.

The new legislation is aimed at cutting the number of deaths caused by smoking.

Smaller retailers have until 6th April, 2015, to fully comply with the new legislation.