Sainsbury's has announced that it will stop selling cigarettes at another six supermarkets in Scotland. At this stage, ten Sainsbury's stores north of the border now sell no tobacco. The move is in response to the Scottish government's policy of charging higher business rates on stores selling cigarettes and alcohol.
So will the ban spread, and will it make it down south?
The move came after the Scottish Government decided to bring in a health levy added to the business rates of stores with a rateable value of more than £300,000, which sell alcohol and tobacco. The levy has been in place since April this year.
A Sainsbury's spokesperson explained: "The impact of the Levy, introduced by the Scottish Government, has led us to undertake a review of the sale of tobacco in our Scottish stores."
"Earlier this year, we removed tobacco from sale from three of our Scottish supermarkets and one convenience store. This trial has now been extended to a further six supermarkets and will start on Monday 12th November, 2012. The new stores are: Drumchapel, Garthdee, Hamilton, Saltcoats, Livingston and Leven."
Essentially in these stores it just wasn't making enough money to justify the extra levy, so the cigarettes had to go.
First of many?
It is unlikely to be the only shop to make this decision. Many will be faced with the difficult decision between removing products which are a good revenue earner, or paying higher rates (which may be a struggle). We may well see some stores stop selling tobacco, and others closing altogether.
Research at the beginning of the year by the Centre for Economics and Business Research calculated that the levy could take 10% off the profits of Scottish supermarkets. At the time, Scottish Conservative Finance Spokesman, Gavin Brown MSP said:"The retail levy is an 'economically irrational tool'. It is disappointing that the Scottish Government has failed to carry out their own impact assessment and that we have had to rely on others to do so."
10 biggest companies in the world
Sainsbury's stops selling cigarettes at some stores
Wal-Mart Stores, or Walmart, is an American retailer that runs chains of discount department and warehouse stores around the world.
The company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962, incorporated on October 31, 1969, and first traded on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. It is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas and has around 8,500 stores in 15 countries, under 55 different names.
Royal Dutch Shell, more commonly known as Shell, is a global oil and gas company headquartered in Holland, but with its registered office in London.
With operations in more than 90 countries, it is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, petrochemicals, power generation and trading.
Exxon Mobil Corporation, or ExxonMobil, is an American oil and gas corporation formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil. Its headquarters are in Irving, Texas.
With 37 oil refineries in 21 countries, Exxon Mobil Corporation is the largest refiner in the world.
BP is yet another global oil and gas company, this time headquartered in London. It has operations in more than 80 countries, produces about 3.8 million barrels of oil per day and has 22,400 service stations worldwide.
The name BP is derived from the initials of one of the company's former legal names, British Petroleum.
Sinopec Group is one of the major petroleum companies in China, headquartered in Beijing.
Its business includes oil and gas exploration as well as the production and sales of petrochemicals and chemical fibres.
China National Petroleum Corporation is a state-owned fuel-producing corporation and the largest integrated oil and gas company in China. It has its headquarters in Beijing.
CNPC - the parent company of PetroChina - was created in 17 September 1988 when the government decided to disband the Ministry of Petroleum and create a state owned company to handle all Petroleum activities in China.
State Grid Corporation of China is the largest electric power transmission and distribution company in China, once again headquartered in Beijing.
It has subsidiaries in Northern China, Northeastern China, Eastern China, Middle China and Northwestern China.
Toyota Motor Corporation, more commonly known simply as Toyota, is a multinational automaker headquartered in Toyota, Japan.
The company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 as a spinoff from his father's company Toyota Industries. Its brands include Toyota, Lexus and Daihatsu.
Japan Post Holdings is a state-owned Japanese company that deals with mail delivery and financial services.
It is headquartered in Tokyo and was founded on January 23, 2006.
Chevron Corporation is an American energy company headquartered in San Ramon, California.
It is active in more than 180 countries and is engaged in every aspect of the oil, gas, and geothermal energy industries, including exploration and production, and power generation.
Discover More Like This
BACK TO SLIDE
So will the initiative spread? The UK government has had a close eye on the impact of alcohol policies in Scotland. It was proposing following the Scottish lead on minimum alcohol pricing - although that remains in question after it was challenged by the EU last month.
This latest step holds attractions. The Scottish Government is talking up the health benefits. The money raised will go towards preventative health measures to help improve the health of the nation, which could save a small fortune on health costs further down the line.
However, whether or not the UK takes the initiative is likely to depend to a great extent on the impact it has on the retail sector.
The announcement by Sainsbury's may not be much in itself. However, if this turns out to be the thin end of the wedge, it could mean any roll-out cross the UK becomes politically impossible - and it could prove to be a major thorn in the side of the Scottish government too.
Tax tricks to improve your wealth
Sainsbury's stops selling cigarettes at some stores
If you wear a uniform of any kind to work and have to wash, repair or replace it yourself, you may be able to reclaim tax paid over the last four years. For some people, this could mean a windfall worth hundreds of pounds
The interest you receive on savings accounts (with the exception of cash Isas) is automatically taxed at a rate of 20%.
Higher-rate taxpayers therefore tend to owe money on the interest they are paid throughout the year. If, however, you are on a low income or not earning at all, you should be able to claim all or some of the tax deducted back
You can apply for a refund of vehicle tax if you are the current registered keeper or were the last registered keeper of your vehicle that no longer needs a tax disc
If you pay tax on a company, personal or State Pension through PAYE (the system employers use to deduct tax from your wages), you may well end up overpaying
There is a limit to the amount you need to pay in NI, whether or not you work for an employer.
Instances in which you may find that you have overpaid include if you work two or more jobs and earn more than £817 a week and if you move from self-employment to employment, but continue to pay Class 2 National Insurance contributions