Pub cigarette machines face ban

By Ewan Turney

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Pub cigarette machines face ban
Vending machines face ban and sales could be forced under counter

Pub cigarette vending machines could be banned and all tobacco sales forced under the counter under new Government plans.

The Government launched its consultation "The Future of Tobacco Control"​ on Saturday, which proposes plain cigarette packets with no branding or logos, minimum pack sizes of 20, pushing sales under the counter and a ban on vending machines.

The consultation follows a similar announcement in Scotland last week.

The Government said over 200,000 under-16s start smoking each year.

"Protecting children from smoking is a Government priority and taking away temptation is one way to do this,"​ said public health minister Dawn Primarolo.

"If banning brightly coloured packets, removing cigarettes from display and removing the cheap option of a pack of ten helps save lives, then that is what we should do - but we want to hear everyone's views first.

"Smoking related disease kills 87,000 people a year, the equivalent to the entire population of a major city such as Durham.

"Despite much progress over the past ten years with 1.9 million fewer smokers since 1998, smoking it is still the biggest killer in England.

"The number of smokers is declining but we must do more if we are to continue to tackle a public health issue that kills ten times more people a year in England than road traffic accidents."

The consultation can be found at here​.

Related topics: Health & safety

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