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Legal action delays ban on tobacco displays in Scotland

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 27 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d581
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Legal action by the tobacco industry has forced the Scottish government to delay implementing a ban on displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products in supermarkets and large stores.

Imperial Tobacco has already lost a legal challenge to the legislation that introduced the ban in Scotland (BMJ 2010;341:c5473; doi 10.1136/bmj.c5473). It is now appealing that decision and a final ruling is not expected until later this year.

The ban was due to be introduced on 1 October for large retailers but, given …

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