Duty paid marks will appear on packs of cigarettes this month as the tobacco companies begin to comply with new anti smuggling legislation. The marking was adopted as a compromise between the industry and Customs and Excise after an initial initial proposal to introduce date marking was dropped after an outcry from independent retailers and wholesalers. Under the new scheme, all packs sold by tobacco companies will have to carry the mark from April 1, and all packs sold by retailers will have to carry the mark from July 1. ACS public affairs manager James Lowman said the tobacco companies were right to introduce the new packs early as it would help retailers make the transition. {{NEWS }}