24 March 2015

Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards team is reminding businesses that the law banning the display of tobacco products comes into effect next month.

From April 6th, it will be a criminal offence for small shops and licensed premises to display tobacco products except in a limited number of circumstances as set out in the legislation.

Age restriction

Shop staff will also be banned from showing tobacco products to under 18s and can be prosecuted for failing to comply with these new rules.

Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, economic growth and public protection, said: “This legislation is being brought in to help reduce smoking uptake among young people and to support adult smokers who want to quit.

“We expect most businesses and shops will already be aware of the new law and will be changing their displays accordingly.

“We have detailed guidance on what the change in the law means for small businesses and what they need to do to comply, and would encourage everyone to make sure they are well informed.”

Large retailers have been banned from displaying tobacco products since 2012 and the legislation is now coming into force for small and medium-sized businesses.

Find out more

Businesses can find out more about how the legislation will affect them by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/TSbusiness-support.