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Tobacco giants drop display ban legal bid

Four tobacco giants have dropped their legal challenge to a ban on displaying tobacco products in shops.

The Department of Health confirmed the companies are withdrawing their legal challenge against the new laws to end the display of tobacco in England.

The law will come into effect in April 2012 for supermarkets and large stores, and in April 2015 for all other shops that sell tobacco.

The four companies are Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, British American Tobacco and Philip Morris.

Public Health Minister Anne Milton said: "Removing tobacco displays from shops will help to stop young people from starting smoking and help smokers that want to quit."

The companies had called for a judicial review on the issue.

British American Tobacco said the Government had made significant changes to the display ban to cut the burden on small retailers and so it had decided to withdraw its challenge and concentrate on working with retailers to deal with other difficulties the ban will pose.

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