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Ban on selling cigarettes from vending machines comes into force

English pubs first to feel effects of new legislation, with those in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales set to follow

A ban making it illegal to sell cigarettes from vending machines and requiring landlords to ensure all tobacco advertising on the machines is removed, comes into force in England on Saturday.

Northern Ireland intends to implement a tobacco ban from 1 February 2012, and both Scotland and Wales have committed to introducing a ban.

Other measures to protect young people from the dangers of smoking are also in the pipeline.

In April 2012 large retailers in England and Scotland will have to rid their premises of all tobacco displays, with small shops expected to do the same from April 2015.

Wales and Northern Ireland also plan to implement similar regulations.

The government is due to begin a public consultation before the end of this year on whether to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.

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