There is confusion as to whether retailers will be able to have in-store posters promoting tobacco when the advertising ban comes into force on February 14.

The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill will prohibit tobacco ads on billboards and in newspapers and magazines but it is unclear whether it includes instore posters, particularly in shop windows.

“We’re disappointed the DoH has not acted to provide clarity on the issue of posters in store,” said Association of Convenience Stores’ public affairs and commercial manager James Lowman.

“As we read the regulations, posters in stores would not be covered and appear to be excluded. However we are aware there are varying legal views on this issue.”