Cigarette vending machines will be banned in Wales on 1 February 2012, the Welsh Government has confirmed. A similar ban in England was implemented on 1 October this year. Lesley Griffiths, health minister at the Welsh Government, said: “A voluntary code has not been effective in sufficiently restricting young people’s access to tobacco from vending machines. "I am therefore pleased that we are able to introduce regulations banning the sale of tobacco from vending machines in Wales as part of our wider effort to safeguard children and young people from the dangers of smoking.”