SBPA lodges objections to cig machine ban

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The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has warned that a proposed ban on cigarette vending machines in pubs would lead to "very costly"...

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has warned that a proposed ban on cigarette vending machines in pubs would lead to "very costly" planning and licensing issues.

In its formal response to the government consultation, the group has officially opposed the plan and argued the financial impact on the trade has been underestimated.

The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services Bill, tabled in February, would bring about a ban on cigarette vending machines, ban the display of tobacco products and create a register of people selling cigarettes. It is designed to reduce smoking rates in Scotland.

But Patrick Browne, chief executive of the SBPA, said most pubs would not be able to find space to store cigarettes.

He added: "Any redesign of a bar area could generate planning issues, given that many pubs are of a historical nature, and much more problematically, liquor licensing issues.

"Any alteration to a bar area is likely to be viewed by Licensing Boards as a "major variation" to a premises licence which will give rise to neighbour notification, site notice, a licensing board hearing and not least, the potentially significant costs in having new layout plans prepared, lodging dues and legal fees for representation."

The deadline for the first stage of the Bill is September 25.

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