Kayla Wiles, Engagement Team Assistant and Furman University Intern placement at ASH Scotland, blogs for us about proxy purchasing.
Scotland’s health has come a long way since the UK Government banned tobacco advertising in 2002, the Scottish Government introduced the ban on smoking in indoor public places in 2006 and the Scottish Government raised the legal age for tobacco sales to 18 in 2007. Although proxy purchases, when an adult buys cigarettes on behalf of an under-18, have also been made illegal those who do smoke are still getting cigarettes from family members, friends, or strangers. More…
Starting on 6 April, the tobacco display ban that already applies in supermarkets will extend to corner shops and other smaller stores.
Cigarettes and other tobacco will be out of sight behind small grey doors. The aim is to also to put tobacco out of mind and out of fashion among young people – an important step as Scotland moves forward with its ambition to achieve a generation free from tobacco by 2034.
Here are some of the myths about the impact of the display ban commonly peddled by Big Tobacco and retailers – and the facts that counter them:
They call it “going dark” – an appropriately sinister-sounding term for anything connected to the sale of an addictive, killer product such as tobacco.
But the industry term actually refers to something that the health promotion community sees as a bright prospect – putting glitzy displays of cigarettes out of sight.
Starting in April, the tobacco display ban that already applies in supermarkets will extend to corner shops and other smaller stores.