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The tobacco display ban, which was implemented in larger stores (3,000sq ft-plus) last April, is also now in place in Northern Ireland and Wales, with Scotland set to follow suit this April. Lessons learned from these bigger stores will no doubt help retailers with smaller stores, when they have to implement the ban in 2015.

Focus on Tobacco: Light and shade

April 6 has been and gone and with it went traditional tobacco displays in stores of 3,000sq ft and above. Instead shoppers in the grocery multiples and larger convenience stores across England are met with kiosks with their shutters down over the tobacco products. One quick glance and these kiosks look closed. To counter this, many of the grocery mults have plastered their shutters with large 'We are open' signs. The problem was, the new law was brought in but someone forgot to tell the smokers!

Your chance

Yet another big change for smokers and retailers comes into force in a matter of weeks when large stores (more than 280sq m or 3,000sq ft) across England will no longer be able to display tobacco products. From April 6, smokers going into a Tesco superstore to buy their ciggies will not be able to choose from a gantry display but will instead have to ask a kiosk assistant for their preferred brand by name. It may be off-putting and more time-consuming at first, but it's something smokers will have to get used to.

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