Ban challenge stubbed out

BRITAIN’S biggest operator of cigarette vending machines has failed to halt a law banning their use in Scotland.

Appeal judges rejected a bid by Sinclair Collis, a subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco which operates 1708 machines in Scotland, to overturn legislation outlawing vending machines in 2010.

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The ban was due to come into force in October last year, but the vending machine operator challenged the ban in the Court of Session last May.