By Anne Waites2009-03-14T00:00:00+00:00
Sir, Not everyone who is in retail and sells cigarettes wants to keep them. Stocking thousands of pounds of cigs is dead money and they make such low profi ts. I wish they were banned from sale in small shops and only specialist tobacconists could sell them.
Anne Waites, via email
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Sir, Dr Clive Black is right to highlight the changing behaviour of consumers and retailers in light of the current economic conditions ('Second Opinion', 29 October).
Sir, In the current economic climate, it is perhaps not surprising to see the arrival of the value cigar despite the traditional association of cigars with affluence ('Henri Wintermans maker unveils credit crunch-friendly cigar', The Grocer, 29 October).
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