Cigarette Vending Machines Still in Use in Scotland

Published on June 28th, 2010 12:15

The Tobacco Company Imperial Tobacco decided to take more severe and legal action for to cancel the new plans to stop the cigarettes and cigars display in stores and to prohibit cigarette vending machines in Scotland.

The company requires that the Scottish parliament, which enforces the new anti-tobacco measures earlier this year, does not have the legal ability to ban tobacco displays and cigarette vending machines.

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The legal defiance, which will be heard, next week in the Scottish civil courts, the Court of Session, is the latest assault by the cigarettes maker to prevent cleaning new tobacco sales controls which came into force across the UK.

So, starting with April, Imperial Tobacco began legal acts and methods for to block and even stop a ban on smoking products displays in England and Wales, which comes into force in October 2011 under the Health Act 2009. It reported that the new measures are excessive and lack adequate health evidence.

As it is know, Scotland was the first region of the UK which introduce a prohibition on cigarettes smoking in all public places, in 2006, and then succeeded by Westminster’s legislation on tobacco displays and vending machines earlier this with parallel new measures.

The new ban on open displays of smoking products will be approved in Scotland for larger retailers next year and small stores starting with 2013, while the ban on cigarette vending machines, actually found in pubs, restaurants and hotels, begins in 2011.

Imperial Tobacco argued that the new measures are only an attempt to control the sale and supply of goods to all consumers, a reason delayed to the Westminster parliament.

The proposed bans also affect the freedom of tobacco trade between Scotland and England under the 1707 Act of Union. So, retailers would be required also to accomplish with the new law at grave cost and on pain of criminal punishment, while tobacco industries faced having their freedom to oppose affected meaningly.

The Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini QC, insists the act is completely legal. She declared that the legislation was part of a new plan to ameliorate public health in Scotland by reducing tobacco smoking, which kills approximately 13,500 Scots a year and is the most preventable cause of premature death. However the Scottish government concludes that it would defend the new anti-smoking legislation because it would protect future generations from the harmful effects of smoking.

By Kevin Lawson, Staff Writer. Copyright © 2010 All rights reserved.

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