Officials have proposed that the maximum display area that can be exposed during a sale is 120sq cm, or roughly the size of a single packet of cigarettes. The Scottish Grocers' Federation has labelled the plan the "most costly, disruptive and draconian tobacco display ban in the world".
The consultation closes on July 20, and retailers can have their say by emailing Tobacco DisplayandSaleRegulations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.
The Welsh consultation closed on July 6 and the Assembly is expected to make an announcement in the coming weeks. The proposed regulations are closely aligned with those already approved for England, with a maximum area of 0.75sq m (roughly 4ft x 2ft rectangle) allowed to be exposed when making a sale or restocking.
The consultation process has yet to be launched in Northern Ireland, despite health minister Michael McGimpsey promising to bring in the ban before 2011.