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Culture > Smoking > Tobacco vending machine legal status: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: This stat shows the legal status of cigarette vending machines, i.e. where they can be located, their requirements of use and the minimal legal age to purchase from them. Several countries have banned these machines altogether, with examples including France and several eastern European countries, like Estonia, Georgia, Croatia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
Australia Sales prohibited to under 18s. Can only be located in liquor licensed and gaming venues, must display health warnings and cannot contain images of product only description and price on black and white label.
Austria Sales prohibited to under 16s. Machines must attempt to verify a customer's age by requiring the insertion of a debit card or mobile phone verification.
Belgium Sales prohibited to under 16s. Machines need to be locked/unlocked by a responsible adult.
Bulgaria None present
Croatia Banned
Cyprus Banned
Czech Republic Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines situated in bars and similar places only.
Denmark Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines generally situated in restaurants, bars and hotel lobbies. Age verification monitored by staff.
England url= http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15132529|title= Cigarette vending machines banned in England|author= |date= 1 October 2011|work= BBC |publisher= |accessdate=25 October 2011 }}</ref>
Estonia Banned
Finland Due to be banned on 1 January 2015
France Banned
Georgia Banned
Germany Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines contain an electronic bank card/ID card reader to verify age of buyer.
Greece Banned
Guernsey A ban was approved on 1 July 2010, following an amendment to the existing tobacco advertising law. The exact date of implementation has yet to be decided.
Hungary Banned in 2006
Iceland Banned
Ireland Sales prohibited to under 18s. Restricted to licensed premises only since 1 July 2009. Vending machines are operated by a token or card obtained from the bar once the age of the buyer has been identified.
Israel Due to be banned on 1 January 2014
Italy Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines must contain an electronic device to verify age of buyer.
Latvia Banned
Lithuania Banned
Luxembourg Sales prohibited to under 16s. Age has to be proven at the counter or bar before a token is issued so that the machine can be used.
Malta Sales prohibited to under 16s.
Netherlands Sales prohibited to under 16s. Token issued at counter once the purchasers age has been verified.
New Zealand Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines situated in bars and similar places only. From 10 December 2004, machines can only be operated by staff.
Northern Ireland Ban came into force on 1 March 2012
Norway Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines are token operated.
Poland Banned
Portugal Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines must contain an electronic device to verify age of buyer.
Romania Banned
Scotland Ban came into force on 29 April 2013.
Slovakia Banned
Slovenia Banned
Spain Sales prohibited to under 18s.
Sweden Sales prohibited to under 18s.
Switzerland Sales from machines are age restricted in 17 out of 26 cantons (11 cantons - under 16; 6 cantons - under 18). The remaining cantons have no age limit.
Ukraine Banned
United States url= http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-03-19/pdf/2010-6087.pdf|title= Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents|author= |date= 19 March 2011
Wales Ban came into force on 1 February 2012

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"Countries Compared by Culture > Smoking > Tobacco vending machine legal status. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Wikipedia: Cigarette machine (Tobacco vending machine prevalence by country) ("Japanese smokers to face age test" . BBC . 2008-12-06 . Retrieved 2008-03-07 .). Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Culture/Smoking/Tobacco-vending-machine-legal-status

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