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Project helps ban on vending machines

A PROJECT carried out in Solihull last year helped persuade MPs to ban tobacco vending machines.

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.

 

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