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Isle of Man tobacco display ban plans heard in Tynwald

Proposed new laws banning tobacco displays in Isle of Man shops have been heard by the Manx parliament.

The 2015 Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Bill – designed to reduce “impulse smoking” – has had its first reading at a session of Tynwald.

The legislation, introduced in the UK in 2012, aims to protect children from exposure to products and advertising.

The selling of cigarettes from vending machines would also be outlawed if the proposed legislation is passed by MHKs.

It has been introduced to the Manx parliament after a public consultation was launched on the island last year.

MHK Alfred Cannan said: “This move is a positive step forward as it restricts the visibility and availability of tobacco products and will help to reduce the appeal of smoking and impulse buying of tobacco.”

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