Weird thing in Tesco last night. I had forgotten the hide your fags rule had come into force.
I am not brand loyal, tending to buy the cheapest hand-rolling if alternative supplies have run out. Faced with the white cupboard door I asked what the cheapest was. I couldn't be told that. The assistant was not allowed to open the cupboard for me to have a look in case an under 18 caught a glance of the naughty tobacco and went mad. I had to name the brand first.
I asked for "blackpudding", hoping I could make a hasty scan while she was looking but I failed to fool her. Eventually I just blurted out any old brand name I could think of.
She did advise me though that the kiosk in the on-site petrol station was still allowed to display fags! So there is a temporary solution for the supermarkets. Have a portacabin in the car park which just sells tobacco.
I sell hand-rolled cigars in my shop. When the display ban comes to us smaller shops I will have to put curtains up in front of the humador. If branding bans come into force I will have to take the bands off the Havanas and hope people trust me when they buy a plain cigar for £18.
Oooh! I need a quiet smoke now.