New UK regulations governing tobacco products and e-cigarettes came into effect on 20 May 2016. Retailers will not be able to sell non-compliant products after the relevant transitional periods (for most products, 20 May 2017, although, the prohibition on menthol cigarettes will not apply until 2020). The government has produced Guidance for retailers on e-cigarette changes.

When sourcing new supplies of tobacco products, e-cigarettes  or refill containers, ask your supplier(s) to confirm the product complies, particularly where stock is unlikely to be sold before the deadline. Ensuring old stock is sold first will be important, so proper implementation of stock rotation is key. Retailers should ensure they are familiar with the Guidance and communicate to all stores in relation to stock control, particularly in the run up to 20 May 2017.