Tobacco law brings changes

Tobacco Display

As from July 23 the price of cigarettes is increased in some shops as a new law prohibiting the display of tobacco goes into effect.

The Pannell Discounter in Wainoni is raising the cost of a cigarette packet by about 10 cents and 20 cents and about 30 cents and 50 cents for a packet of tobacco.

According to the sign in the store, tobacco company British American Tobacco is no longer giving the store a discount for displaying its tobacco products visibly.

In accordance with the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Act, tobacco products should not be prominent to the public in stores, prices can no longer be publicly demonstrated and businesses cannot work with names that advertise tobacco.

Nick Booth, a spokesman for British American Tobacco, denied remarking on the company’s rebate structure. He said that the tobacco company discussed its trading conditions with retail dealers on a store by store basis.

He examined the new law and demanded the Government to reckon up the measures before going forward with any control measures like plain packaging.

The goal of the law was to force tobacco less prominent by lessening the marketing and advertising and as well making it less accessible to minors.

Sharon Matthews, Pannell Discounter employee, said that nearly 80 % of the consumers who came into the shop purchased cigarettes and she did not suppose that the new measures would have an influence on sales.

“People know what they smoke and they know we have got it.”

Hinges had been established on the tobacco cabinet behind the counter ready for doors to be placed on last night.

Since July 22 Warrington Discount in St Albans had no more cigarettes on displays and the word tobacco was taken out of its name on its signage.

New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores chairman Roger Bull said that the law would force more prices onto small retail businesses because of raised transaction times and stock management prices.

LAW CHANGES

Retail dealers must not permit any tobacco product to be prominent to the public.

Tobacco prices can no longer be publicly displayed.

Retail dealers can display a sign demonstrating that tobacco products are available in the store, but the current “Smoking Kills” and “No Sales to Under 18s” sign will be forbidden.

Retail or trading names that consist of words, phrases, trademarks or company names that features the availability of tobacco products will be forbidden.

Retail dealers can receive instant fines for some offenses.

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