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Council publishes short guide for tobacco retailers in the city

16 Oct 2018
Belfast City Council has published a short guide for tobacco retailers in the city with information on the sale and display of cigarettes and tobacco products in their shops.

The ‘Tobacco Retailers Advice Leaflet’ has two sections – the first, offering guidance on the selling of tobacco products. This covers areas including it being illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under 18; that cigarettes should be sold in original packs not individually; that a sign at the point of sale, stating 'It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under 18' must be displayed. In addition, there is advice for retailers about test purchasing, complying with the law and plain packaging requirements. Failure to comply with these requirements can lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice, of up to £250, or a Prosecution resulting in a fine of up to £5,000.

The second section of the leaflet covers the general rules of displaying cigarettes and tobacco products; ensuring all staff are aware of these rules and the requirement for anyone operating a tobacco business to register it with the Council.

Councillor Kate Nicholl, Chair of the council's People and Communities Committee, visited Campbell's in Bedford Street this week to hand out the advice leaflet.

"There are a number of rules and regulations regarding the sale of tobacco in Northern Ireland including age restriction, packaging requirements and the display of tobacco products and any retailer found to be in breach of these regulations may face prosecution and fines of up to £5000,” she said.

"We don't want this to happen so that's why we've produced this short, helpful leaflet for tobacco retailers in the city containing important information on the sale and display of tobacco products in their shops."

The Tobacco Retailers Advice Leaflet can also be downloaded from the council website at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tobaccocontrol
Councillor Kate Nicholl with Maggie Campbell and the Tobacco Retailers Advice Leaflet