NZACS Media Release – 4 October 2010

The New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores (NZACS) today said that the Government’s decision to introduce a retail display ban on tobacco will do little to stop smoking but will force over
$50million in costs onto the struggling retail sector.

Responding to the announcement by Hon Tariana Turia that the Government is removing retail tobacco displays NZACS Chairman Roger Bull said, “this is a completely unwelcome move against
retailers who are now faced with not only trying to find thousands of dollars to pay for forced changes to their stores, but face increased threats and abuse as they look for hidden tobacco
products.”

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