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Ban on the sale of tobacco from vending machines

A ban on the sale of cigarettes from vending machines will come into force in Wales on 1 February 2012. A similar ban was introduced in England back in October 2011.

From 1 February 2012, it will be illegal to sell tobacco products directly to the public from vending machines regardless of the age of the purchaser. It will also be illegal to display tobacco advertising that would normally be present on a vending machine.

The legislation does not ban vending machines themselves. Vending machines can stay in their current position but only if they are no longer used to sell tobacco products and all advertisements of tobacco products are removed from them or are covered.

Manon Williams, Gwynedd Council Public Protection Manager (Trading Standards) said: “The ban has been introduced as part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to reduce smoking prevalence and prevent young people from accessing tobacco products. Members of the public or businesses in Gwynedd who would like further information about the changes are welcome to contact the Council’s Trading Standards team.”

Further advice or guidance can be found via:, or alternatively, members of the public or businesses in Gwynedd who have any queries are welcome to contact Gwynedd Council’s Trading Standards Unit on 01286 682728 or email:

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