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Repercussions for duty free as consultation document on tobacco control regulations

ENGLAND. The government today published its consultation document on proposed tobacco control regulations for England (not the UK) that have significant repercussions for the way tobacco products are displayed in retail stores.

Duty free retailing will benefit from some exemptions if the proposals are accepted. The new consultation seeks public and stakeholder views on the draft tobacco regulations to be made under the Health Bill.

There are four sets of proposed regulations that cover:

• Tobacco displays;
• Tobacco product price displays;
• Advertising and display of tobacco products in specialist tobacconists; and
• Requirements on tobacco vending machines.

The consultation will run from 12 October until 4 January 2010.

BACKGROUND

Click here to read the consultation document
The Government is committed to reduce smoking rates and the health harms caused by smoking. Over the past decade the number of people who smoke in England has dropped by almost 2.4 million, with prevalence falling from 28% in 1998 to 21% in 2007.

Nevertheless, it claimed, smoking remains the leading cause of premature death and illness. The Government has committed to developing and publishing a new tobacco control strategy by the end of 2009, and the measures proposed in the consultation form a key element of the new strategy.

However, before the strategy is published, the Government has decided to legislate in two areas where it believes there is convincing evidence to justify action. The Health Bill that was introduced into the House of Lords on 15 January 2009 includes clauses to:

- remove unsolicited tobacco promotion through the display of tobacco, which includes regulating price lists and controlling advertising and display by specialist tobacconists; and
- introduce safeguards to prevent underage sales from cigarette vending machines.

Subject to parliamentary consideration, the tobacco-related provisions in the current Health Bill would introduce a general prohibition on the display of tobacco products in the course of retail business.

This means that shops and other businesses will no longer be able to have tobacco products, such as packs of cigarettes, on view. However, the Health Bill includes powers for the Secretary of State to make exemptions from this general prohibition. Those exemptions include one to ensure that the particular needs of duty free and bulk sale businesses are recognised.

INTENTION OF PROPOSED REGULATIONS

The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display) (England) Regulations 2010 propose arrangements for the display of tobacco products. The proposed regulations in this consultation would allow airside duty free shops to display bulk tobacco provided that there are no other products in the area and the display is not visible from outside the area.

A notice stating ‘It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18’ must be exhibited at the entrance of the tobacco area, which will serve both to indicate where the tobacco area is and as a reminder of the age restrictions on tobacco purchasing.

POTENTIAL IMPACT ON AIRPORTS

The document noted that if airport duty free sales were subject to a complete tobacco display prohibition, it is predicted that fewer customers would purchase tobacco, resulting in losses to the income of regional airports.

“It is expected that these customers would purchase duty free tobacco at the arrival airport resulting in a displacement of trade from English regional airports to airports in other, non-EU countries,” the report said.

It added: “During consultation and the development of regulations, airport duty free sales and cash-and-carry stores were identified as selling tobacco in a different way to high street shops. It was decided that [such] bulk-tobacconists should receive different regulatory treatment taking account of the nature of their business.”

The consultation document includes a questionnaire which includes the following:

a) Do you agree that having separate tobacco display areas is an effective and workable approach for retailers of bulk tobacco products?

b) If ‘No’, how would you amend the regulations so that they are effective and workable for retailers of bulk tobacco products?

We’ll report on progress and reaction to the consultation document.


Source: ©The Moodie Report
By Martin Moodie

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