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The Response of Retailers in Scotland to the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive (Forthcoming/Available Online)

Citation
Purves RI, Moodie C, Eadie D & Stead M (2018) The Response of Retailers in Scotland to the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive (Forthcoming/Available Online). Nicotine & Tobacco Research. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/nty181

Abstract
Introduction With most marketing channels prohibited, the retail environment has assumed greater importance for tobacco companies, even in markets with a ban on the open display of tobacco products. Research has yet to qualitatively explore how retailers respond to standardized packaging in a country where this has been introduced. Methods As part of the DISPLAY study, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 24 small retailers in Scotland between May 23 and June 26, 2017; the interviews were conducted after The Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations and the Tobacco Products Directive were fully implemented. Results We found high retailer compliance with the legislation. With price-marked packs and packs containing less than 20 cigarettes and 30 g of rolling tobacco banned, retailers stated that this helped simplify ordering and stock management. The removal of price-marked packs also allowed them some flexibility to set their own prices, but many chose to stick closely to recommended retail price in order to remain competitive and avoid complaints from customers. In contrast to one of the tobacco industry’s arguments against standardized packaging, most retailers suggested that transaction times had not increased, even though the changes had only recently come into force. Conclusions This study challenges some of the arguments used against standardized packaging and provides an insight into the storage and pricing strategies adopted by retailers following the removal of price-marked packs. Implications This study explores the response of the retailers to the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging and provides an insight into the storage and pricing strategies adopted by retailers following the removal of price-marked packs. It explores the importance of the retailer in tobacco companies’ desire to maintain tobacco sales and challenges some of the arguments used against standardized packaging, such as an increase in transaction times. Countries seeking to introduce standardized packaging should monitor the experiences of retailers, preferably from preimplementation through to post implementation, to help understand how retailers respond to this policy and to inform compliance.

Keywords
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Journal
Nicotine & Tobacco Research

StatusPublished
Author(s)Purves, Richard I; Moodie, Crawford; Eadie, Douglas; Stead, Martine
FundersNational Institute for Health Research
Publication date30/09/2018
Publication date online07/09/2018
Date accepted by journal05/09/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27889
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN1462-2203
eISSN1469-994X
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