Cigarette machine

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A cigarette vending machine in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

A cigarette machine is a vending machine that takes cash in payment for packets of cigarettes. Vending machines often dispense packs containing 16 or 18 cigarettes, although the dimensions of the packaging are the same as the equivalent pack containing 20.

Bans and restrictions[edit]

In order to aid the restriction of sale of tobacco to minors, cigarette machines are regulated in many countries.

Japan[edit]

Since July 2008, in Japan machine companies could be prosecuted if tobacco is sold to anyone under 20 years old. To avoid such legal prosecution, Japan has introduced a government registered electronic smart card, called Taspo, that allows the user to purchase from the machines. To get a Taspo card, the purchaser must present their passport or ID to any government authorized business offering the service. The Fujitaka company is developing a technology that allows the vending machine to determine, using a digital camera and based on the facial wrinkles and sags of the potential buyer, whether the buyer is old enough to purchase cigarettes. The system compares facial characteristics including bone structure, sags, and crow's feet against a record of more than 100,000 people. However if the user fails they can still use the machine with a Taspo card.[1]


Tobacco vending machine prevalence by country[edit]

Country/Territory Situation regarding cigarette vending machines
 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 Ban came into force on 1 October 2011[2]
 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 Ban came into force 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
 Slovakia Banned
 Slovenia Banned
 Spain Sales prohibited to under 18s.
 Scotland Ban came into force on 29 April 2013.
 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.
 United States Only in facilities where people under 18 are not allowed [3]
 Ukraine Banned
 Wales Ban came into force on 1 February 2012

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