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The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display) (Wales) Regulations 2012

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Title, commencement, application, effect and interpretation

1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display) (Wales) Regulations 2012 and they will come into force—

(a)for the purpose of large shops, other than bulk tobacconists, on 3 December 2012; and

(b)for all other purposes, on 6 April 2015.

(2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.

(3) These Regulations do not apply to specialist tobacconists(1).

(4) For the purposes of this regulation—

“large shop” (“siop fawr”) means a shop which has a relevant floor area exceeding 280 square metres; and

“relevant floor area” (“arwynebedd perthnasol y llawr”), in relation to a shop, means the internal floor area of so much of the shop as consists of, or is comprised in, a building but excluding any part of the shop which is used neither for the serving of customers in connection with the sale of goods nor for the display of goods.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

  • the Act” (“y Ddeddf”) means the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002;

  • “area of storage unit” (“arwynebedd yr uned storio”) means the total area of the storage unit in which tobacco products and any other products are visible;

  • “bulk tobacconist” (“swmpwerthwr tybaco”) means a shop selling tobacco products (whether or not it also sells other products) whose sales of cigarettes or hand-rolling tobacco, measured in accordance with paragraph (2), comply with the following conditions—

    (a)

    at least 90% of its cigarette sales are in pre-packed quantities of 200 or more cigarettes in their original package, and the remainder in pre-packed quantities of 100 or more cigarettes in their original package; and

    (b)

    at least 90% of its hand-rolling tobacco sales are in pre-packed quantities with a weight of 250 grams or more in their original package, and the remainder in pre-packed quantities with a weight of 125 grams or more in their original package;

  • “original package” (“pecyn gwreiddiol”) means the package in which the cigarettes or hand-rolling tobacco were supplied for the purpose of retail sale by the manufacturer or importer;

  • “package” (“pecyn”) means any box, carton, or other container;

  • “premises” (“mangre”) includes any place and any vehicle, vessel, hovercraft, stall or moveable structure;

  • “shop” (“siop”) means any premises where there is carried on a trade or business consisting wholly or mainly of the sale of goods;

  • “storage unit” (“uned storio”) means a gantry, cabinet or unit, tray, shelf or other product in which a tobacco product is held pending sale.

(2) The sales referred to in the definition of “bulk tobacconist” are to be measured by sale price—

(a)during the most recent period of twelve months for which accounts are available; or

(b)during the period for which the shop has been established, if it has not been established long enough for twelve months' accounts to be available.

Meaning of place

3.  For the purposes of section 7A of the Act (prohibition of tobacco displays), “place” (“lle”) means a premises in Wales where tobacco products are offered for sale in the course of a business, other than premises—

(a)which are accessible only to persons who are engaged in, or employed by, a business which is part of the tobacco trade; and

(b)from which the prices of tobacco products are not visible from the outside of the premises.

Display as a consequence of a requested display

4.—(1) This regulation applies where a requested display(2) is made to an individual (“A”) aged 18 or over.

(2) No offence is committed under section 7A(1) of the Act (prohibition of tobacco displays) by a display of tobacco products in a storage unit, to individuals other than A, if—

(a)the display—

(i)is solely as a consequence of the requested display, and

(ii)lasts for no longer than is necessary to remove the requested product from the storage unit; and

(b)the area of storage unit displayed does not exceed 1.5 square metres.

(3) No offence is committed under section 7A(1) of the Act (prohibition of tobacco displays) by a display of tobacco products other than in a storage unit, to individuals other than A, if the display—

(a)is solely as a consequence of the requested display; and

(b)lasts for no longer than the requested display.

(4) In this regulation, “the requested product” (“y cynnyrch sy'n destun cais”) means the product which A asked to purchase or for information about.

Display in bulk tobacconists

5.—(1) This regulation applies to displays in a bulk tobacconist.

(2) No offence is committed under section 7A(1) of the Act (prohibition of tobacco displays) by a display of tobacco products if—

(a)the display is—

(i)in a part of the shop (“the tobacco area”) (“y man tybaco”) containing tobacco products and smoking accessories only; and

(ii)not visible from outside of the tobacco area;

(b)a bilingual notice displaying the following statement is exhibited at the entrance to the tobacco area—

  • Mae gwerthu cynhyrchion tybaco i unrhyw un sy'n iau na 18 oed yn erbyn y gyfraith / It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18, and

(c)the shop is designed so that customers who wish to buy products other than tobacco products and smoking accessories are not required or encouraged to pass through the tobacco area.

(3) The dimensions of the notice to be exhibited in accordance with paragraph (2)(b) must be not less than 594 millimetres by 420 millimetres and the size of the statement to be displayed on the notice must be such that no character is less than 36 millimetres high.

Incidental Displays

6.—(1) No offence is committed under section 7A(1) of the Act (prohibition of tobacco displays) by a display of tobacco products in a storage unit if that display complies with the requirements of paragraph (2).

(2) The requirements of this paragraph are that—

(a)the display—

(i)occurs in the course of an activity listed in paragraph (3) being actively carried out in the ordinary course of business in relation to tobacco products;

(ii)is solely as a consequence of that activity being carried out; and

(iii)lasts for no longer than is necessary in order to allow that activity to be carried out; and

(b)the area of the storage unit displayed does not exceed 1.5 square metres.

(3) The activities referred to in paragraph (2)(a)(i) are—

(a)assessing stock levels for the purposes of stock control;

(b)restocking;

(c)staff training;

(d)cleaning of the storage unit;

(e)maintenance of the storage unit;

(f)refurbishment of the storage unit;

(g)affixing indications on the storage unit that comply with the requirements set out in regulation 8(3).

(4) No offence is committed under section 7A(1) of the Act (prohibition of tobacco displays) by a display of tobacco products during restocking if—

(a)the tobacco products are displayed in the course of being placed in the storage unit only; and

(b)the display lasts for no longer than is necessary to place products in the storage unit.

Display to duly authorised officers of an enforcement authority etc

7.  No offence is committed under section 7A(1) of the Act (prohibition of tobacco displays) by a display of tobacco products if that display is requested by—

(a)a duly authorised officer of an enforcement authority;

(b)a constable; or

(c)an officer of Revenue and Customs,

who is acting in the course of their duty.

Storage units

8.—(1) This regulation applies to indications on storage units of the tobacco products held in the storage unit.

(2) No offence is committed under section 2 of the Act (prohibition of tobacco advertising) if the indication complies with the requirements of paragraph (3).

(3) The requirements are that the indication—

(a)is limited to the following information in relation to tobacco products—

(i)the brand name of the product,

(ii)where pre-packed, the number of units in the packages or, where sold by weight, the net weight of the product,

(iii)in relation only to cigars, the country of origin and dimensions,

(iv)in relation only to pipe tobaccos, the cut and type of the tobacco used, and

(v)the price of the product;

(b)is printed—

(i)in black Helvetica plain type on a white background,

(ii)in a font size consistent throughout the text with characters which are no higher than 4 millimetres, and

(iii)in lower case type, except that the first letter of a word may be in upper case type;

(c)does not exceed 9 square centimetres in size;

(d)is limited in number to one indication for each separate location in a storage unit where a particular tobacco product is held; and

(e)does not contain any other feature.

(4) In paragraph (3)(e)—

“other feature” (“nodwedd arall”) means a logo, trademark, symbol, motto, type-face, colour or pattern of colour, picture, artwork, imagery, appearance, message or other indication that constitutes all or part of the recognisable identity of a product, but does not include a bar code or stock number.

Revocations

9.  The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Point of Sale) Regulations 2004(3) are revoked in relation to Wales.

Lesley Griffiths

The Minister for Health and Social Services, one of the Welsh Ministers

14 May 2012

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