Tobacco Display Ban at the point of sale in small stores Implementation date: 6 April 2015

Thursday 02 April 2015

From Monday 6th April 2015 a ban comes into force on the display of tobacco products at the point of sale in small shops [1] and any other premises selling tobacco (e.g. pubs and clubs) across the UK [2]. It has been illegal since 2012 for large stores, such as supermarkets, to display tobacco products at the point of sale.

The ban on displays at the point of sale will protect young people from the promotion of tobacco [3].

Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy, ASH said:

“Two thirds of smokers start before the age of 18 so it is vital that everything is done to put tobacco out of sight to protect future generations. The display ban in small shops will work hand in hand with standardised packs, which will be introduced in May 2016, to further protect children from glitzy tobacco packaging.”

For guidance on implementation, retailers should visit the Department of Health’s business companion website and retailers can also contact the Trading Standards department of their local authority if they are unsure how to make their tobacco display compliant.

ASH has also produced a short briefing on changes to tobacco regulations over 2015/2016, which is available here:


Notes and Links:

Action on Smoking and Health is a health charity working to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco use. For more information see: ASH receives core funding from Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

[1] The definition of large and small shops is that used in the Sunday trading laws, i.e. large stores are those with a floor area of more than 280 square metres.

[2] The Health Act 2009

[3] Tobacco Displays at the Point of Sale, ASH Briefing