Tobacco industry will fight anti-smoking proposals

There has been a warning from anti-smoking campaigners that the tobacco industry will try to “delay, dilute and damage” new measures aimed at curbing sales to young people.

ASH Scotland say that tobacco firms would continue to challenge proposed legislation from the Scottish Government, which includes a ban on tobacco displays in shops.

The organisation has launched a campaign to highlight public support for the measures, and is urging members of the public to write to local shops giving their backing for proposals in the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill.

Sheila Duffy, ASH Scotland chief executive, said: “We want to take our message direct to shopkeepers and counter the misinformation from the tobacco industry through our Pride of Place? campaign.

“Shopkeepers need to know that the public support the removal of cigarette promotional displays because it will stop the marketing of tobacco to children and young people.

But she added: “Inevitably however, the tobacco industry will continue to challenge the measures outlined in the Bill and do all it can to delay, dilute and damage the legislation.

“By employing scaremongering and misinformation tactics they have made retailers afraid of this law rather than embracing it as an opportunity to remove a lethal product from display.”