LONDON (AFP) - Cigarette vending machines were banned in England on Saturday, a move the government hopes will cut the numbers of children smoking. Anyone caught selling cigarettes from the machines, usually found in pubs and clubs, could face a fine of 2,500 ($3,900, 2,900 euros). Pubs will still be able to sell cigarretes from behind the bar. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: Smoking is one of the biggest and most stubborn challenges in public health. Over eight million people (around 15 percent) in England still smoke and it causes more than 80,000 deaths each year.