Plan to limit youth access to smoke machines
8 November 2005, BRUSSELS — Federal Health Minister Rudy Demotte intends to prevent underage youths from buying cigarettes from vending machines starting in 2006.
8 November 2005
BRUSSELS — Federal Health Minister Rudy Demotte intends to prevent underage youths from buying cigarettes from vending machines starting in 2006.
Currently, anyone can buy cigarettes from a machine without showing ID.
However, shopkeepers and café managers will need to restrict access to smoke machines in future.
This can be in the form of using special coins or screening the vending machines off from easy access.
However, Demotte said shop keepers are free to choose which method they employ, broadcaster VRT reported.
The Socialist PS minister will also launch a media campaign to inform managers, parents and teachers about access to vending machines.
The TV information campaign is set to start next week. The retailers association has come out in support of the action.
A ban on selling cigarettes to youths under the age of 16 has been in force in Belgium for almost 12 months. Shopkeepers risk fines if they sell tobacco to underage youths.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news