* Legal bid fails against Scottish tobacco measures
* Cigarette display ban to go ahead from April 2013
LONDON Dec 12 Imperial Tobacco, the
world's fourth-largest cigarette group, has lost a legal bid to
overturn a Scottish government ban on the display of cigarettes.
Britain's Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the company's
claim that the Scottish government had exceeded its powers by
approving the prohibition, which also outlaws cigarette vending
Imperial, whose brands include Davidoff, JPS and Lambert &
Butler, had said the Scottish legislation trespassed on areas
that were reserved for the British government.
The court, Britain's highest, said Scotland's 2010 Tobacco
Act was "not outside the legislative competence of the Scottish
Imperial's legal challenge had delayed Scotland's planned
introduction of the ban this April as a public health measure to
help prevent young people from taking up smoking.
Following the ruling, the Scottish government said it would
implement the display ban from April 2013.
Imperial said it was disappointed by the court's decision.
"We will now await the publication of the Scottish display
ban regulations and will consider our options," it said.
Elsewhere in Britain, bans are already in force on cigarette
vending machines and on the display of tobacco in large
retailers, with the prohibition due to apply to smaller shops by