30 Sep 2008

Tobacco restrictions increase risk for retailers - assn

11:59 am on 30 September 2008

An organisation representing convenience stores says a Parliamentary report on tobacco displays proposes changes that will increase security risks for retailers.

The Health Select Committee has recommended the Government introduce legislation requiring tobacco products be moved out of sight of customers.

The Association of Convenience Stores says 10,000 small retailers sell tobacco products and proposals to put tobacco under the counter place them at risk of increased shop lifting, and assault, when bending to get a packet of cigarettes.

Executive director David Killeen also says there is slim evidence overseas that such restrictions work.

He says imposed untested restrictions that increase safety risks, is unfair to people selling a legal product.