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UK backs cigarette vending machine ban

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The majority of adults in the UK support new proposals to protect children from tobacco by putting it out of sight in shops and to ban vending machines, latest survey results suggest.

The YouGov poll of more than 2000 people – carried out on behalf of Cancer Research UK – showed that 70% of adults back the proposed plans, and 76% support abolishing cigarette vending machines.

The survey also revealed that two years after the smoking ban was introduced in the UK, nearly 80% of people support the ban on smoking in the UK’s pubs, clubs and enclosed public places.

Those who had never smoked, especially women, were most supportive of the ban and the new proposals.

‘Smokefree laws have been a real success – not only in protecting UK workers from secondhand smoke but also in helping smokers to quit,’ said Elspeth Lee, Cancer Research UK’s head of tobacco control.

‘These results show there’s huge public support for the new measures to protect young people from tobacco marketing. Stopping the next generation from becoming smokers is a priority if we are to prevent more deaths from a product that has already caused far too many deaths,’ she added.

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