The legislation to ban cigarette vending machines in pubs could be scrapped by the new government, it has emerged. The law was passed in the last few months of the previous administration, but the regulations that would have implemented the changes have been blocked after a campaign from cigarette manufacturers that threatened to seek a judicial review. The possibility of reversing the Tobacco Act emerged in a reply to parliamentary question to the Department of Health (DoH). It said that given "the challenges facing business competition and costs", it would give further consideration to "the policy on display of tobacco products and sales from tobacco vending machines".