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Tobacco display ban starts in big stores in wales.


From Monday, cigarettes and other tobacco products have to be kept below the counter or out of customers' sight.

Businesses breaking the law - which came into force in England earlier this year - could be fined up to £5,000 or jailed for up to two years.

Smaller shops and tobacconists will be included in the ban in April 2015, but supermarket chain Morrisons said the two-stage introduction was "confusing".

The ban is supposed to remove the temptation for young people to take up smoking.

A ban was imposed on supermarkets in England in April, and the Welsh government said it delayed introducing its ban while it waited for the outcome of a legal challenge to the English legislation.

Shops will only be allowed to have cigarettes and tobacco products on display when staff are serving customers or carrying out tasks such as restocking.

Price lists will be printed on plain A3 sheets at tills with no branding on them.

Illustrated price lists will be available on request, but customers could be asked to prove their age when they ask to see them.

The Welsh government wants to reduce the number of people who smoke from around 23% of the population to 16% by 2020.

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4th December 2012, 14:22