By 2022, these tobacco products will disappear completely from the assortment of the store.
The network of European supermarkets Lidl will gradually remove cigarettes from stores in the Netherlands due to lack of demand. Changes in the habits of the population were influenced by the authorities’ actions to combat smoking. This was reported by the newspaper Stuttgarter Nachrichten with reference to the statement of the Netherlands branch of Lidl.
According to the publication, in the past few years, cigarette sales in the Netherlands have declined so much that it became unprofitable to sell them. It is noted that this was influenced by the measures introduced by the authorities, for example, the stores were obliged to hide tobacco products from customers.
In the Netherlands there is an absolutely clear tendency to quit smoking. This is noticeable at the box office. We do not want to go against the trend, so reducing cigarette sales is a logical step for us.
The representative of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands Paul Blokhuis (Paul Blokhuis) called the decision Lidl “fantastic” and expressed the hope that this example will follow other retailers.
In the near future, the government plans to ban smoking in restaurants and terraces. In other European countries, where Lidl has more than 10 thousand stores, the company does not plan to refuse to sell cigarettes. The Netherlands branch has about 400 stores.