Business News from Coventry Trading Standards 8 May 2017 - Changes in tobacco laws

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Business News from Coventry Trading Standards 8 May 2017

Reminder for retailers to remove old stock by 20 May as changes in tobacco laws come into full effect

plain ciggs

With only a few weeks to go before new rules on cigarettes and tobacco come into force, Coventry Trading Standards is reminding retailers for the need to remove non-compliant stock from display.

The new rules will see the formal introduction of standardised / plain packaging and stop the sale of:

  • Packs of 10 cigarettes
  • Hand rolling tobacco in packs of less than 30g
  • Old style health warnings will be obsolete and new larger health warnings that cover 65% of the packaging are only permitted.

In addition:

  • Flavoured cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco other than menthol cigarettes will be phased out by May 2020

The change in the law also affects electronic cigarettes and refills containing nicotine:

  • The maximum concentration of nicotine in a refill will be limited to 20mg/ml
  • The maximum refill size will be 10ml
  • Warnings and mandatory information will have to appear on packaging.

The new rules were introduced last year but manufacturers and retailers have been allowed a year to sell existing stock so non-compliant stock needs to be removed from displays and the shop retail area by 20 May 2017.

Detailed guidance can be found at on tobacco labelling and a large number of legislative requirements that affect retailers. This website is operated by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Locally, officers from Coventry Trading Standards will be visiting retailers from 20 May 2017 to ensure all stock that fails to comply with the new laws has been removed.

If any resident sees non-compliant stock still on sale locally after this date, we would ask you to report it on 03454 04 05 06.

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