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    Dec 10, 2015

    Tobacco display ban in shops from 2017

    RETAILERS will no longer be allowed to display tobacco products in shops from 2017, said the Ministry of Health yesterday.

    The point of sale display ban will be implemented after a one-year grace period for retailers to comply with the changes made to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act.

    This is to protect non-smokers, especially young people, from picking up the habit due to exposure to displays in shops. This would also discourage impulse buying among non-smokers and smokers attempting to kick the habit, Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, told reporters yesterday.

    Retailers will provide a text-only price list in a standard format and this list can only be shown to the customer upon request.

    Tobacco products should also be kept out of sight at all times except during sales transactions and re-stocking.

    They have to be kept in plain storage units that are self-closing and opaque, or under the counter or in a separate room.

    Fifty tobacco retailers attended an engagement session at the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday, where they were able to raise concerns about the implementation of the ban.

    A total of 14 dialogue sessions related to the point of sale display ban have been held since 2013.