Scottish Government announces ban on tobacco display and vending machines

Tobacco displays and vending machine sales will be banned in Scotland from 29th April, the Scottish Government has announced.

The laws will initially prevent large shops from openly displaying tobacco and will prohibit tobacco sales from self-service vending machines.

The announcement follows the defeat of a legal challenge by one of the world's biggest tobacco firms last December.

The same ban, which is set out in the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010, will come into force for smaller retailers on 6th April 2015.

"We know that reducing the number of people that smoke will have wide benefits for Scotland's health and evidence shows that these bans will help prevent young people from taking up smoking.

"I am delighted that we are now in a position to implement these bans, which is a key step in maintaining Scotland's position as a world leader on tobacco control.

"We appreciate that smaller retailers need extra time to make the necessary changes and so we have decided that April 2015 represents a fair timescale for implementing the display ban for them."

– Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health