The law on the display of all products containing tobacco and the display of tobacco prices changed in April 2015 for small stores. It is illegal to display tobacco products in shops and businesses in England, except to people over the age of 18 in the limited circumstances set out in the law. These rules came into force for larger stores in 2012.
It is now illegal to display tobacco products in the relevant shops and businesses in England and Wales, except to people over the age of 18 years in the limited circumstances set out in the new law.
Non-compliance with the new law is a criminal offence. Any person, including shop managers and shop assistants, found guilty of these offences is liable.
This leaflet is designed to provide simple guidance in complying with the tobacco display ban. Please note, only retailers signed up to Assured Advice can benefit from the Assured status of this guidance. The Assured status of the guides applies to retailers in England and Wales.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Tobacco Display Ban Regulations can be viewed here.