THE sale of cigarettes from vending machines in Carrickfergus will be illegal after a ban comes into force next week.
The legislation is being introduced across Northern Ireland on March 1 to tackle the number of underage smokers that exist.
2010 a survey found that in the province, 14 percent of smokers were
aged 11-16 years. The ban will bring Northern Ireland into line with
England and Wales, with Scotland set to introduce similar legislation
With an estimated 15 tobacco vending machines remaining
in the Borough, the Council’s Environmental Health staff will examine
numbers during visits to check compliance with the Smoking (NI) Order
The local government authority’s Tobacco Control Officer
will also be visiting appropriate premises to advise them of the change
in law, with compliance visits to be carried out after the ban is