Information from local authorities

ASH has completed an assessment of retail control through local authorities across the country. The aim of this project was to understand how regional smoke-free enforcement officers currently track tobacco retailers and how they support compliance with smoke-free legislation. It found current procedures to be highly inconsistent. Local databases of tobacco retailers varied from excel sheets to paper records. The stronger databases were compiled through often time consuming and resource intensive techniques such as searching through the phone book, internet searches, cross referencing with food and liquor outlets, driving around looking into stores and by simply walking into shops and asking. ASH presented this evidence to the Health Select Committee during the hearings of the two amendments of the Smokefree Environments Act 1990 – 1) Better Retail Control and Enforcement in 2011, and 2) Tobacco Plain Packaging in 2013.