Press Releases

Press Releases

Search through the listings below to see what the TRA and our members have been saying in the news

TRA LAUNCHES 2017 FAIR DEAL FOR SMALL SHOPS

19th October 2016 Today, the Tobacco Retailer’s Alliance (TRA) is launching its 2017 Fair Deal For Small Shops.  This new report shows the importance of retailers to communities and tobacco to retailers’ revenues.  It makes a series of suggestions about how the Government can help retailers fight illegal tobacco and retail crime.  It also highlights […]

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Obsessive ASH continues its attack on tobacco, small shops and communities

ASH’s report (Smoking Still Kills) is yet another onslaught on a legal product (tobacco) and the legitimate small, community-based retailers who sell it. The report’s recommendations come on top of the recent introduction of the display ban into small shops. In addition, plain packaging for cigarettes is due to be introduced in 2016 and a […]

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Retailers’ rally against plain packaging

More than 100 independent retailers, from all across the country, attended a rally to express their concerns and opposition to plain packaging to the Department of Health and later in the corridors of Parliament, where MPs listened to their concerns.   Attendees gathered beforehand and heard Nick de Bois MP speak passionately about the need […]

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Angry retailers let down over plain packaging decision

Following a vote in Parliament earlier today, the Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance has expressed its anger at the decision to proceed with plain packaging for cigarettes. There was no debate of the issue on the floor of the House. “You have to own a small shop like mine to understand how damaging this decision is.  We […]

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Government takes decision to move ahead with Plain Packaging for Tobacco products

Following the announcement of the Government’s intention to move ahead with plain packaging of tobacco products, Suleman Khonat, the National Spokesman of the Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance and a Blackburn shopkeeper commented: “This announcement is a hammer blow to the tens of thousands of small retailers across the country. We are already dealing with the negatives […]

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