英零售商协会称展示禁令是不必要的负担
2011年03月17日来源:烟草在线据《零售公报(英国)》报道编译

  烟草在线据《零售公报(英国)》报道编译  在认为要求烟草素包是无谓重复风险时,实施烟草产品展示禁令,增加了所有规模零售商的负担。

  对卫生部长安德鲁·兰斯利宣布他将在英格兰执行禁止在商店内展示卷烟禁令做出回应时,英国零售商协会(BRC)称,没有证据显示这将会影响吸烟习惯。

  政府正在观察如何减少吸烟的危害,但是它的重点应放在解决朋友和家庭成员对年轻人的决定和他们接触烟草的影响方面。

  英国零售商协会的食品主任安德鲁·欧派说:“零售商支持减少吸烟所造成危害的努力,但是没有证据表明,迫使商店把卷烟放在看不见的地方会有所不同。它增加了被迫重新装修商店的零售商的成本,并将为需要等待更长时间才能得到服务的顾客带来不便。”

  “为零售商提供更长时间为这次立法做准备是有用的,但是有一个更大的问题需要解决。如果政府旨在引入素包,那么展示禁令就没必要了。”

  “当计划的其他部分仍在讨论时,执行计划的一部分是不合理的。应该关注的是家庭成员和朋友对年轻人开始吸烟和接触烟草决定的影响。”

  英国零售商协会要求政府收紧采购烟草产品的立法,这样同样的规则适用于酒类产品。目前,孩子们试图购买卷烟或者成年人为儿童购买烟草产品都不违法。

  英国零售商协会的食品主管安德鲁·欧派说:“在出售烟草产品方面,零售商的态度严肃认真,但是法律提供的信息矛盾。如果儿童知道如果他们试图购买卷烟,不会惹上麻烦,他们就会一次又一次地试运气。”

  怀特曼说:“和酒精一样,未成年儿童试图购买卷烟应是违法的。代表儿童购买卷烟的成年人也应该被起诉。目前,仅是零售商受到处罚。”


Tobacco display ban unnecessary burden

Monday March 14th 2011
Retail Bulletin (uk)

  Enforcing a display ban on tobacco products at a time when a requirement for plain tobacco packaging is still being considered risks pointless duplication, adding to the burdens on retailers of all sizes.

  Responding to an announcement by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley that he will implement legislation in England banning shop displays of cigarettes, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) says there is no evidence this will make a difference to smoking habits.

  The Government's right to look at how to reduce the harm from smoking but its focus should be on tackling the influence friends and family members have over young people's decisions and their access to tobacco.

  Food Director at the British Retail Consortium, Andrew Opie, said: "Retailers support efforts to reduce the harm caused by smoking but there's no evidence that forcing shops to put cigarettes out of sight will make any difference. It puts new costs on retailers who are being forced to refit their stores, and will inconvenience customers who have to wait longer to be served.

  "Giving retailers longer to prepare for this legislation is helpful, but there is a much bigger issue to be addressed. If the Government aims to introduce plain packaging then a display ban is unnecessary.

  "It doesn't make sense to enact one part of this plan while another is still under discussion. Banning shop displays of cigarettes in plain packets is pointless duplication. What should be looked at is the influence family members and friends have on youngsters' decisions to start smoking, and their access to tobacco."

  The BRC is asking the Government to tighten up the law on the purchasing of tobacco products so the same rules apply as for alcohol. It is not currently illegal for a child to try to buy cigarettes or for an adult to buy tobacco products for a child.

  BRC Food Director Andrew Opie said: "Retailers take their responsibilities seriously when selling tobacco products but the law sends out a contradictory message. If children know they won't get into trouble if they attempt to buy cigarettes they can keep trying their luck time and again.

  "As with alcohol, it should be illegal for under-age children to try to buy cigarettes. Adults who buy cigarettes on their behalf should also face prosecution. At the moment, it is only the retailers who face punishment."

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