Six Scottish Sainsbury's supermarkets end cigarette sales

 
Cigarettes on display in a shop Cigarette sales are being scaled back in response to the health levy

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Sainsbury's has confirmed it is to remove tobacco from sale at a further six supermarkets in Scotland.

It said the move is in response to the Scottish government's health levy, a supplementary charge on business rates paid by large stores selling cigarettes and alcohol.

Sainsbury's already operates three supermarkets and one convenience store in Scotland which do not sell tobacco.

The extension of the policy will come into force on Monday 12 November.

The stores covered by the change are at Drumchapel, Garthdee, Hamilton, Saltcoats, Livingston and Leven.

The health levy applies to outlets with a rateable value of more than £300,000.

About 240 of the largest stores in Scotland are thought to be affected.

Ministers estimated that it would raise £110m during its first four years of operation.

A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), commissioned by Asda, claimed that profits from Scottish supermarkets could be reduced by 10% following the introduction of the levy.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish government said: "The public health supplement was introduced in recognition of Scotland's well-documented health and social problems associated with alcohol and tobacco use.

"This government is already taking action fixed - to reduce alcohol and tobacco-related harm through legislation to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol and banning tobacco displays.

"The public health supplement will contribute towards the preventative spend measures that are being taken forward jointly with the Scottish government, local authorities, the NHS and the third sector."

 

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    Comment number 350.

    welcome to scotland, home of human experiments under a foreign government.

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    Comment number 349.

    What the hell is the "third sector" ? Looks like Salmond is well on his way to making Scotland the new Norway by taxing ciggies even heavier. Next up with £8 a pint.

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    Comment number 348.

    I don't smoke but it's wrong to tell people what they can or can't do. If people want to smoke that's their decision and they might have to pay the consequences of bad health. The question we're all asking is what going to be next after cigarettes? How can we have a "Big Society" which is supposed to be diverse if you place restrictions on it? Is this the free West or like the former Soviet Union?

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    Comment number 347.

    Surely this is discrimination?

    Not quite sure which group or even if a group of people could be defined, but the discrimination is blatantly obvious.

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    Comment number 346.

    If the Scottish government was at all serious about the smoking issue then the levy should have be imposed on ALL shops selling tobacco.

    The public health levy should also apply to pubs and shops selling alcohol.

    Why did they pick on the big supermarkets? Because big supermarkets don't get to vote in elections.

    This is just rank hypocrisy on the part of the Scottish government.

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    Comment number 345.

    336.Drunken Hobo
    Disregard all you want, it does not change the fact that he is wee, fat, called Salmond, and has no feasible plan for the running of a country. If you want to vote for him go right ahead,(while it is still a free country).

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    Comment number 344.

    The question is why is smoking still legal. Maybe it's because the tax revenue out weights the financial costs to society. If tobacco killed quicker, removing the stupid "it's my choice" smokers from the gene pool, then the problem would be self limiting. But then tobacco poison would be illegal, as there would be no profit in it. While tobacco is legal, all its tax revenue should goto the NHS.

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    Comment number 343.

    The tax is on the large profitable supermarkets for selling cigarettes rather than the person buying the product.

    It is a less avoidable tax on business than corporation tax that large business avoid paying by allegedly legal means.However the tax is not fully absorb by the supermarket as allowable business expense which will reduce their profits.Minimum alcohol prices will increase their profit

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    Comment number 342.

    341. Jester Minute
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    What level of sainthood do I have to achieve in order to access the NHS?

    I'm a gross tax contributor, are you?

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    Comment number 341.

    333.BNP-UKIP: "332. Jester Minute
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    ... can I have a rebate because I have not had any children that need educating or free healthcare for at least 18 years."

    No you can't. Heart-lung transplants & cancer drugs are ruddy expensive, & you're helping me fund that other bloke who *is* getting treated after exercising his 'right' to poison himself. The rest can pay for the Fire Service.

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    Comment number 340.

    I've never smoked, I don't cough, I can easily run for miles even at the age of 56. When my Dad was about the same age he gave up smoking, because he had a terrible cough and found it a struggle to walk even half a mile.

    @corncobuk - no one forces the supermarkets to stop, the additional levy simply makes ciggies less profitable.. and where the supermarkets are concerned money talks.

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    Comment number 339.

    The increase in tax (about £6 per packet) over the years was to cater for the NHS costs over the years (As stated at the time. Non-smokers ignore this. Smokers have already paid for care!). This money was abused to pay for the incompetent govt. schemes and is ignored by non-smokers. The governments failure to cope with dementia and the pensions crisis? Smoking should be subsidised and encouraged!

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    Comment number 338.

    Well done Sainsburys. Don't pay the new levy.

    Now wee Alex will have to target someone else to clobber with his class envy taxes.

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    Comment number 337.

    @328. LKT; It is YOU who is being 'used' and exploited to line the pockets of anti-smoker fanatics, the tobacco CONTROL industry and big pharma. Smokers and decent non-smokers are NOT 'standing up' for the tobacco industry, they are standing up for themselves and those who value freedom from state control and corruption. Truth is a virtue - not something to be twisted for a pre-determined agenda,

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    Comment number 336.

    331 digbyjones - I'd tend to disregard the political opinions of someone that thinks "The wee fat man Salmond" is a worthwhile comment.

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    Comment number 335.

    checking the basic Math on raising £110 million over 4 years thats 1.3p per scottish citizen per day.
    and if all 240 stores stop selling cigs it raises £0.00
    I wonder who just brought shares in mid sized shopping chains...

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    Comment number 334.

    Whether you smoke or not, this tax is wrong. You can say big shops pay and little shops don't, and then say it's a health issue.
    If it's a health issue then ALL shops should pay.

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    Comment number 333.

    320. Emily

    people who smoke in cars carrying children should be prosecuted.
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    If you don't want to inhale my smoke, don't get in my car.

    332. Jester Minute
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    Smokers contribute £16bn in tax a year, can I have a rebate because I have not had any children that need educating or free healthcare for at least 18 years.

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    Comment number 332.

    @318.Mumsknowbest.

    Unfortunately it becomes society's (& therefore gvt) business when smokers get sick with smoking related heart disease, cancer, emphysema etc, possibly can't work & need benefits. They'll expect expensive medical treatment. If any of that can be avoided & the nation's health improved overall by ideas that could prevent people taking up the filthy habit then it benefits us all.

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    Comment number 331.

    324 SNP_For_Me

    Beware if this is the road that the SNP are taking Scotland down. I don't think i will be voting in someone who demonstrates a leaning towards dictatorship (Do as i tell you, No i won't tell you the facts. Vote for independence then I'll tell you.The wee fat man Salmond keeps talking about the will of the Scottish people, and yet has shown how little he listens to them.

 

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