Suffolk Trading Standards is urging retailers to be aware of a new law that comes into effect on 6th April 2015

From 6th April 2015 it will be illegal for traders to publicly display cigarettes and tobacco, except in certain circumstances. 

The ban has been in place since April 2012 but previously only applied to larger retailers. All remaining premises have had longer to comply with the changes.

Trading Standards is urging those involved with the retailing of such products to take action now so as not to get caught out by the new law.

Removing permanent tobacco displays is one initiative among many being delivered to help to reduce smoking uptake by young people, and to support adult smokers who want to quit.

Failing to comply with the new law is a criminal offence and any person including shop managers and shop assistants found guilty of these offences is liable:

  • On summary conviction in a Magistrates’ Court to a fine up to a maximum of £5,000 or imprisonment for up to six months or both.
  • On conviction on indictment in the Crown Court to imprisonment to a term not exceeding 2 years, a fine, or both.

Not only will this law change affect the display of tobacco products it also changes the way in which tobacco products must be priced.

The Display Ban legislation permits only three types of price lists and labels for tobacco products. The legislation sets out that each of these must only use black Helvetica plain font, which is the same size throughout the list, with NO underlining, italics or other distinguishing emphasis. It will be an offence to display prices in any other way.

Suffolk Trading Standards have written to businesses to provide them with advice. More information can be found at or you can contact Trading Standards via 03454 040506.

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Suffolk Trading Standards is working towards creating and fair and safe trading environment. By creating empowered consumers, that are armed with the knowledge to stop 'rogue traders'.

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