Yes, this is a crack pipe vending machine. Ben Nelms / Reuters Pictured at the Washington Store in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) neighbourhood, British Columbia February 11, 2014. It holds 200 pipes and is restocked every five days. Ben Nelms / Reuters It sells Pyrex crack pipes for 25 cents each. Ben Nelms / Reuters Kailin See, director of the Drug Users Resource Centre, told CTV: "For us, this was about increasing access to safer inhalation supplies in the Downtown Eastside." Ben Nelms / Reuters Chipped pipes can cause everything from flu, colds and cold sores to HIV. Ben Nelms / Reuters The initiative has been criticised by the Canadian government. Ben Nelms / Reuters Steven Blaney, Canada’s minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said: "Drug use damages the health of individuals and the safety of our communities. While the NDP and Liberals would prefer that doctors hand out heroin and needles to those suffering from addiction, this government supports treatment that ends drug use, including limiting access to drug paraphernalia by young people." But the NGO defends the initiative. Ben Nelms / Reuters See told the Globe and Mail: "This machine decreases the street value of a pipe. There was a time when pipes were scarce and there was a lot of violence around acquiring a pipe, so we decided to saturate the market."