Small retailers in Scotland have been given an extra two years to remove tobacco displays from their shops, reports the BBC.
Large retailers such as supermarkets will have until 2011 to implement the ban, and smaller retailers until 2013. Public Health Minister Shona Robison said the move was designed to minimise the impact on smaller businesses. "My aspiration is for Scotland to become smoke-free, but I also want it to be prosperous,” Robison said.
The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services Bill, which includes a ban on cigarette displays at the point of sale, is expected to become law later this year. (ci)