A PROJECT carried out in Solihull last year helped persuade MPs to ban tobacco vending machines.
Last week, the House of Commons had a free vote on the subject and it has since emerged that the politicians had seen a special video of a borough scheme.
In September last year, Solihull council’s Trading Standards team and Solihull NHS Care Trust carried out an exercise with local teenagers.
They proved that a 16-year-old could buy 100 cigarettes from five separate vending machines without being challenged.
This test showed just how easy it was for children and teenagers to use the machines - often found in pubs and community centres. Now, following last week’s result, they will be banned.
Denise Milnes from Smokefree Solihull, said: “This is an excellent victory for good sense and an excellent measure to protect our children from a deadly addiction that kills one in two smokers. Children and teenagers in Solihull will no longer be able to get hold of cigarettes from these machines, closing a source which has very little age controls.”
For local help to stop smoking, call Solihull NHS Stop Smoking Service free on 0800 015 8512.