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Cigarette vending ban approved by MPs

13th October 2009

MPs have shown their support for a backbench amendment concerning a cigarette vending ban.


The amendment to the government's Health Bill, which would outlaw machines selling cigarettes, applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The amendment was put forward by the former Labour minister Ian McCartney, who stated that it would "change history".

Mr McCartney said the devices allowed children access to purchase cigarettes and said they represented an "outrageous loophole in our country's safeguards" against amoking.

He added that cigarettes were "the only product in Britain that can be sold legally, which routinely kills and injures its customers". 

The amendment was passed without having to go to the vote and will now be proposed in the House of Lords.

However, the Tories have called into question the idea of banning shops from displaying tobacco-related products, especially during the recession.

Newsagents have said that the ban could result in a loss of £250 million for their businesses.

Health Minister Gillian Merron said that the ban on vending machines could help prevent younger people taking up the habit.

She said: "The tobacco industry constantly recruits young people to replace those who give up smoking or die each year."

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