A month before it becomes illegal to sell tobacco products from public areas in pubs and bars, solicitors Poppleston Allen is urging landlords to prepare for the changes.
“(This is) a reminder to operators that there is now exactly a month until it will no longer be possible to situate cigarette vending machines in public areas of your Premises,” said Jonathan Smith, managing partner of Poppleston Allen.
While operators will need to ensure no tobacco product is available to buy in public areas, it is still possible to sell cigarettes and such from behind the bar. However from 2013, displays can't be visible to the public.
The ban was passed by MPs as part of the Health Bill in October 2009. It is thought the move will cost the industry, smokers and the Government £709m in lost revenue.
In addition, businesses in Scotland will also be required to establish the proof of age of patrons seeking to buy or consume alcohol that look under the age of 25.
Poppleston Allen recommend operators communicate the changes to staff in writing immediately and with full training, while patrons are notified via point of sale material.