Doctors urge government to stand firm on cig machine ban

By James Wilmore

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Cigarette vending machines, Tobacco

Welsh medical chiefs are urging the government to ignore the tobacco industry and stand firm on plans to ban cigarette vending machines and...

Welsh medical chiefs are urging the government to ignore the tobacco industry and stand firm on plans to ban cigarette vending machines and point-of-sale displays.

The coalition government is wavering on plans under the Health Act to ban vending machines, after pressure from tobacco firms. The ban is due to come in by October next year.

But the British Medical Association (BMA) in Wales has criticised moves by the tobacco industry to stop the bans becoming law.

Dr Richard Lewis, the BMA's Welsh Secretary said to it is "crucial" the laws take effect to ensure "public health remains a priority".

He added: "The government needs to show leadership, to protect the health of today's children and tomorrow's adults."

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