Cig vending group hopes technology will help avoid ban

By James Wilmore

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Technology designed to prevent underage smoking means a ban on cigarette vending machines is unnecessary, according to a trade group. The National...

Technology designed to prevent underage smoking means a ban on cigarette vending machines is unnecessary, according to a trade group.

The National Association of Cigarette Machine Operators (NACMO) argues radio technology, which allows barstaff to control vending machines having checked a customer's ID, is a "safe" solution.

The group is hoping the coalition will overturn a decision by the last government to ban cigarette vending machines by October 2011.

Six hundred of the machines are already in operation and NACMO is pushing for more time to roll out the system.

The group claims the technology was "well received" by peers recently during a demonstration in the House of Lords.

Rod Bullough, NACMO's northern chair, said: "There was a powerful and very costly lobby leading to the proposed ban on cigarette vending machines and whilst it grabbed the headlines, the result will make little or no difference to the problem.

"The decision to ban cigarette vending will do nothing to reduce under-age smoking."

"Our industry has worked tirelessly with the Department of Health to show a professional and responsible approach to any issues which have arisen."

NACMO is also hoping to secure a meeting with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to discuss the government's plans.

However, health chiefs earlier this month urged the government to push ahead with a ban - including a ban on shop displays - and "resist pressure from those who make money from tobacco".

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