Cigarette vending machines banned
Published: Wednesday 28th September 11
The forthcoming ban on the sale of cigarettes from vending machines has been welcomed by health chiefs in Wandsworth.
From Saturday, October 1 it will be illegal to sell tobacco products from vending machines. It will also be against the law for the machines to display any tobacco advertisements or pictures of tobacco products.
Cllr Jim Maddan, the council's health spokesman, said: "This ban marks a significant step forward in reducing the availability of tobacco products to children and young people. We know that many young people buy cigarettes from these machines because they are often situated in unsupervised locations.
"It is essential that we do all we can to stop children and young people getting access to tobacco because of the obvious health risks and because we know that most people who take up smoking do so as young teenagers."
Houda Al-Sharifi, director of public health for Wandsworth said: "Enforcement of the ban on cigarette vending machines is an important part of the borough's tobacco control strategy. Half of all people smoking today will die prematurely. In some cases smoking can cut between 20 and 25 years off life expectancy."
Wandsworth's trading standards team will be responsible for enforcing the new law and officers have been visiting premises and advising businesses to ensure they are fully aware of the ban.
A total of 75 vending machines have been identified across the borough that will be affected by the ban. These will all need to be removed or relocated so that they are not accessible by the public or carry any tobacco advertising and promotional material.
If any machines are still on business premises on October 1, they must be inoperative and all tobacco advertising should be removed or covered up. Businesses that do not comply with the new regulations could face prosecution and a substantial fine.
Businesses who would like advice on the new legislation should email Wandsworth trading standard at email@example.com.