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New tobacco display rules

From today, all large shops and supermarkets in England will have to cover up cigarettes and hide tobacco products from public view, under new rules. It is hoped it will protect children from tobacco promotion and help people quit smoking.

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Health Secretary wants to shift 'culture' away from tobacco

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley dismissed the suggestion that smoking could become more attractive to young people if it is kept hidden and insisted the key issue was about "shifting the culture".

The culture is about moving to a place where tobacco and smoking isn't part of normal life: people don't encounter it normally, they don't see it in their big supermarkets, they don't see people smoking in public places, they don't see tobacco vending machines.

We are going to continue to try to act against smoking for the simple reason that most smokers want to quit and it is the biggest avoidable cause of early mortality.

– Health Secretary Andrew Lansley told BBC Breakfast

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