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A Welsh Government ban has been approved and takes effect from 3 December 2012.
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Smoking is the greatest preventable cause of illness, disability and premature death in Wales

It accounts for over 5,600 fatalities every year.

The Welsh Government is investing in measures to discourage children from starting smoking and we are providing help and support to smokers who want to quit.

Ban on sale of tobacco from vending machines in Wales

Tobacco vending machines account for only one per cent of the UK market in tobacco sales. A disproportionate number of young people under 18 purchase cigarettes from vending machines. 10% of regular smokers aged 11 to 15 report that cigarette vending machines are their usual source of tobacco.

A Welsh Government ban on the sale of tobacco from vending machines came into force on 1 February 2012.

We support a number of services to help people give up smoking such as Stop Smoking Wales  (external link)