Small Shops Disappointed at Outcome of Tobacco Display Judicial Review

Following the decision taken today at the Court of Session by Lord Bracadale to dismiss the petition by Imperial Tobacco Limited which sought a ruling that sections 1 and 9 of the Tobacco & Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010 were outside the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, John Drummond, Chief Executive of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation said:

“We are disappointed at the outcome of the Judicial Review. SGF remain opposed to ban on principle. The evidence that a tobacco display ban would be effective at reducing smoking rates is weak and will burden small shops with excessive and unnecessary costs at the worst possible time.

“The Scottish Government has suggested that a display ban will cost a convenience store in the region of £320. However, we believe these costs have been severely underestimated and will cost retailers at least £1,400.”