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Sales of to tobacco have been banned from vending machines.

Regulations to ban sales from vending machines were introduced in 2012. These measures are aimed at restricting children and young people’s access to tobacco. Research shows that 10 per cent of smokers aged between 11 and 15 reported purchasing tobacco from these machines.

Vending machines must not be used to buy tobacco products directly by members of the public.  All tobacco adverts on the machine will have to be removed or covered up so that they are no longer visible.

Staff may still use a vending machine to dispense tobacco provided the machine is positioned where members of the public cannot use the machine themselves. They can also remain in place as long as they are not used directly by members of the public to purchase tobacco and have no tobacco advertising on display.