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Wales to ban cigarette vending machines from February

October 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco ban Buy cheap cigarettes online Tags:

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A BAN on the sale of cigarettes from vending machines will come into force on February 1 in Wales. A similar ban was introduced in England this month.

The Welsh Government last night said the ban would cut off a source of tobacco teenagers.

One in 10 regular smokers aged 11 to 15, say they buy their cigarettes from vending machines.

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said: “A voluntary code has not been effective in sufficiently restricting young people’s access to tobacco from vending machines.”

Carole Morgan-Jones, chief executive of Ash Wales, said: “These regulations will protect children from having easy and illegal access to cigarettes.

“It’s an an integral part of a comprehensive strategy to tackle the harm that tobacco causes to Welsh communities.”

Dr Richard Lewis, British Medical Association Welsh Secretary, said: “Displaying packets of cigarettes in shops and in vending machines contribute to normalising the habit and encourage the onset of smoking.”

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