Smokes go invisible

Due to new laws Free Choice Tobacconist Peter Marschall has been given 16 days to cover up his tobacco.
Due to new laws Free Choice Tobacconist Peter Marschall has been given 16 days to cover up his tobacco. Scottie Simmonds

TOBACCONIST Peter Marschall knows new state and federal laws restricting the product he sells are going to make life very difficult for him.

Mr Marschall, who owns the Free Choice Tobacconist at Hinkler Central shopping centre, said he had only until Friday to comply with new State Government regulations that mean he has to put his products out of sight.

And with the Federal Government moving ahead on mandating plain packaging for tobacco products to try to cut the number of smokers, he foresees a difficult time.

"I don't think that's going to work," he said.

"And we are selling a legal product."

Mr Marschall said according to the new State Government laws he had to refit his shop so customers could not see the products at all.

"It's going to make it harder to operate because you can't see what's behind there," he said.

Cancer Council Queensland Bundaberg community services co-ordinator Bonnie Dale applauded the State Government for the retail display ban of cigarettes and its progress on the issue of tobacco control.

"The law to ban retail displays of cigarettes in Queensland is a strong step towards a smoke-free Queensland," she said.

"This new law will reduce the prevalence of smoking, reduce the consumption of cigarettes, and reduce tobacco related illness and deaths."

Ms Dale said tobacco claimed the lives of nearly 3500 Queenslanders every year.

"This is an important measure to protect and improve the health of all Queenslanders," she said.

"Evidence also suggests that the ban will strongly discourage young people from smoking."

Topics:  bundaberg federal government law plain packaging smoking

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