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Tobacco advertising debate

On 11 July 2011, Labour's Baroness Thornton urged the government to stick to the original date for regulations intended to help shops implement the ban of tobacco displays.

The previous government legislated in the Health Act 2009 to ban tobacco displays in all large and small shops with the aim of cutting the number of young people taking up smoking whilst supporting those who want to quit.

The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display and Specialist Tobacconists) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 seek to minimise costs and burdens to retailers of implementing the ban.

The regulations were due to come into force on 1 October this year for larger shops and on 1 October 2013 for smaller businesses, but this has been set back by the government to 6 April 2012 and 6 April 2015, respectively.

Tabling a motion of regret at the government's decision, Lady Thornton said the delay "may result in up to 4,000 more young people taking up smoking", and urged the government to stick to the original date.

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