Government vows to defend cig vending machine ban

By James Wilmore

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Related tags: Cigarette vending machines, Tobacco, Imperial tobacco

The government has vowed to continue to fight legal challenges from the tobacco industry and push ahead with a ban on cigarette vending machines from...

The government has vowed to continue to fight legal challenges from the tobacco industry and push ahead with a ban on cigarette vending machines from October 1.

The Department of Health (DoH) has today published a 57-page document - Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A Tobacco Control Plan for England​ - which sets out the coalition's proposals on tobacco for the next five years.

"We are robustly defending the legislation to stop the sale of tobacco products from vending machines against two judicial review cases brought by the tobacco industry," it states.

"From 1 October 2011, tobacco products will no longer be sold from vending machines in England."

Machine provider Sinclair Collis, part of Imperial Tobacco, is among those which has mounted legal challenges against the ban.

But the DoH argues that as vending machines are self-service, they offer young people "easy and poorly supervised access to tobacco".

The government has also confirmed plans to ban tobacco displays in shops, but will delay implementation to reduce the impact on shops.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: "Smoking is undeniably one of the biggest and most stubborn challenges in public health. Over eight million people in England still smoke and it causes more than 80,000 deaths each year.

"Smoking affects the health of smokers and their families. My ambition is to reduce smoking rates faster over the next five years than has been achieved in the past five years."

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