Cig vending machines to survive?

By James Wilmore

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Cigarette vending machines, Nicotine, Tobacco, Labour government

The planned ban on cigarette vending machines in pubs could be scrapped after the government signalled it is re-considering the law. Vending...

The planned ban on cigarette vending machines in pubs could be scrapped after the government signalled it is re-considering the law.

Vending machines, and shop tobacco displays, are due to be banned by October 2011, under the Health Act passed under the Labour government.

But a campaign against the ban by cigarette makers, who threatened a judicial review, appears to have worked.

Asked in Parliament whether the government planned to scrap the regulations to bring in the law, public health minister Anne Milton did not rule it out.

Milton said talks were talks were taking place across government to decide how to tackle smoking and its "priorities given the challenges facing business competition and costs".

She added: "These considerations include the policy on display of tobacco products and sales from tobacco vending machines."

In an exclusive interview with The Publican ​in 2008, David Cameron said: "I don't like bans. I don't like the hunting ban, I don't like smacking bans and I don't like smoking bans... I'm just not a banner."

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health added: "We have been very clear that we want to improve health outcomes. We will publish a public health White Paper by the end of the year, which will set out how we will achieve this."

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