By Jonathan Davies

A ban on displaying tobacco products at the point of sale has been extended to all small shops.

Large stores and supermarkets have not been able to display tobacco products since 2012. But the new rules mean that smaller convenience stores and places like pubs and clubs will no longer be able to display tobacco products.

Predictably, anti-smoking and health campaigners welcomed the move, but the tobacco industry criticised it.

Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at Ash, said: "Two-thirds of smokers start before the age of 18, so it is vital that everything is done to put tobacco out of sight to protect future generations.

"The display ban in small shops will work hand in hand with standardised packs, which will be introduced in May 2016, to further protect children from glitzy tobacco packaging."

Suleman Khonat, spokesman for the Tobacco Retailers' Alliance, said: "The introduction of the display ban into larger shops hasn't even been evaluated, so how do we know it will work in smaller shops?

"Of course retailers will need to comply with the law but this is a further unnecessary measure that will hit small businesses."