FORCING shopkeepers to sell cigarettes 'under the counter' is not the way to reduce smoking, according to a Burton store owner.
As of today shop owners across the country, including Burton and South Derbyshire, will no longer be able to display tobacco due to new laws coming into force.
The move is aimed at preventing young people from starting smoking by removing tobacco from view and follows the introduction of the law in larger stores and supermarkets in 2012.
Shaid Hussain, who runs Good News, in High Street, Burton, said: "It is forcing us to sell a legitimate product under the counter.
"I'm unsure of the impact it will have. Having the tobacco hidden might serve to increase people's curiosity, not reduce it.
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