ACS claims Irish research is an own goal for UK tobacco display ban advocates

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Display ban in Ireland is reported to have fueled youth smoking

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to new research on the impact of the tobacco display ban in the Republic of Ireland.

Researchers from Nottingham University have claimed this research demonstrates the public health benefits of a display ban, when in fact the study shows an increase in youth smoking since the ban.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “This is a spectacular own goal because it shows an increase in youth smoking since the display ban. There is now clear evidence from both Ireland and Canada that display bans do not lead to a reduction in youth smoking.

“With the UK Government now deciding whether to introduce a display ban, this report could not have been better timed for us. We will be writing to Ministers and officials with a very simple message: banning tobacco displays does not reduce youth smoking, and our industry should not be picking up a £50m compliance bill for regulations that will not work.”