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Cigarette vending machine ban stands

A Scottish ban on the use of cigarette vending machines has been upheld after an appeals court rejected an attempt by Britain’s biggest cigarette vending machine operator to block it. The ruling ends a 17-month bid by Imperial Tobacco subsidiary Sinclair Collis to have legislation passed by Scottish Parliament in 2010 to ban cigarette vending machines from October last year ruled invalid.

05 Nov 2012

A Scottish ban on the use of cigarette vending machines has been upheld after an appeals court rejected an attempt by Britain’s biggest cigarette vending machine operator to block it.

The ruling ends a 17-month bid by Imperial Tobacco subsidiary Sinclair Collis to have legislation passed by Scottish Parliament in 2010 to ban cigarette vending machines from October last year ruled invalid.

Sinclair Collis operates more than 1700 of Scotland’s 6500 cigarette vending machines at more than 1400 sites. According to evidence given during the course of the legal action, more than 36 million cigarettes are sold through the machines each year.

In its case, Sinclair Collis argued that the legislation breached European law guaranteeing free trade.

The laws had been as part of a drive to encourage young people to quit smoking, and advocates pointed out that the ban was necessary because age checks could not be made by vending machines, unlike sales sites for alcohol or fireworks.

The legislation also banned cigarette displays in shops. Imperial Tobacco is challenging this too, in the Supreme Court in London next month.

DN


Published: 05 Nov 2012