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Nature imagery on cigarette vending machines in Ireland: A lacuna in tobacco control
 
 
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Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland
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Frank Houghton   

Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, V94 EC5T, Ireland
Publish date: 2019-11-27
Submission date: 2019-09-16
Final revision date: 2019-10-22
Acceptance date: 2019-11-03
 
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2019;5(November):46
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Legislation in Ireland now requires standardised packaging for cigarette packets as well as the EU mandated combined graphic and text anti-smoking warnings. However, although overt tobacco advertising has also been banned for many years in Ireland, a lacuna currently exists in relation to cigarette vending machines. An examination of industry practice has identified the use of bucolic and coastal scenes on the outside of vending machines. This is problematic for three reasons. First, they are reminiscent of former cigarette advertisements and packaging. Second, such artwork serves to minimise the environmental damage caused by the tobacco industry and their products. Third, the use of landscape imagery undermines the Irish Government’s strategy of denormalising smoking.
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The author has completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none was reported.
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Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
 
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