One main concern is the "overly prescriptive" regulations on price lists. They must be printed only in black Helvetica font on a white sheet no larger than A4, and contain only brand names, pack sizes and rrps.
All words except the title should be no higher than 4mm, which is right on the minimum threshold recommended for people with sight difficulties by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
Tobacco Retailers Alliance campaign manager Katherine Graham said the regulations would spark widespread confusion. "Specifying font and letter height is just too much," she added.
C-Store's sample list, left, reveals that stores with a large range would have to use a tiny type size.
Further deatils of the regulations are expected later this month.
C-Store will be reporting on all the new regulations as they are announced. For more information, visit www.thegrocer.co.uk/independents.