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Northern Ireland Introduces Cigarette Vending Machine Ban Today

March 1 (Bloomberg) -- Northern Ireland, one of four countries within the U.K., will today introduce a ban on cigarette vending machines across the region.

The measure, being overseen by Health Minister Edwin Poots, was agreed by the 108-seat assembly as part of a plan to drive down the number of young people smoking, according to an e-mailed statement from the assembly.

To contact the reporter on this story: Colm Heatley in Belfast at cheatley@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Colin Keatinge at ckeatinge@bloomberg.net

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