Ban on tobacco display delayed

The Scottish Government has had to delay bringing in a ban on tobacco displays in large stores.

Legislation passed by Holyrood stated big shops would be prohibited from displaying tobacco and cigarettes in April this year.

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However, ministers have now had to defer that and will announce a new date when the ban will come in force.

Public health minister Michael Matheson explained a “prudent” decision to defer the measure – aimed at preventing young people from starting smoking – had been taken because a legal challenge to the legislation by Imperial Tobacco has not yet concluded.