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Cigarette vending machines will be banned from public places in Canberra from the end of 2006.

Cigarette vending machines will be banned from public places in Canberra from the end of 2006.The ACT Legislative Assembly has today passed the new law, which will come into force to coincide with the start of the total ban on smoking in pubs and clubs.Democrats MLA Roslyn Dundas says she proposed the ban to reduce the access young people have to cigarettes.”We know in the ACT that one in three teenage girls are smoking daily,” she said. “Just where are they getting their cigarettes from?”Other studies show that cigarette vending machines are providing young people with their cigarettes and if we can remove them from their public places then that will have huge health benefits into the future,” she added.The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) in the ACT has criticised the ban, saying it will unfairly deny licensees revenue.The law will only allow the machines to be placed behind counters, where they are not easily accessible to young people.Michael Carpezzio from the AHA says the Government has adopted a naive approach because teenagers will not be in licensed venues.”Our members are probably better equipped to handle the distribution of tobacco because of the fact that people under the age of 18 aren’t allowed on our premises,” he said.”It’s far greater controls there than say in a supermarket or a corner store where you can just come in and buy it over the counter.”(Source: ABC Health, August 2004)

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Posted On: 4 August, 2004
Modified On: 5 December, 2013

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