Cigarette vending machines will soon be banned everywhere, except in supermarkets. The measure is contained in a bill by Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke, which was approved on Thursday in the plenary session of the House of Representatives. These devices must disappear from catering establishments.
The measure is part of the fight against smoking and aims, on the one hand, to reduce the availability of tobacco products and, on the other hand, to better control the ban on sales to minors.
The distributors are often installed in places frequented by young people in the evening and at night. It also appears that there are problems with the tokens that must be used to prevent minors from buying tobacco. These usually seem to be available to everyone, including minors.