Stephen Donnelly, T.D, Minister for Health brought a Bill to cabinet that will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to those under the age of 18. And it is expected that this will be law in the coming months.
There will also be restrictions on the type of retailers that can sell vaping products, along with curbs on the advertising of vapes near schools, on public transport and a number of other settings frequented by children and young adults.
Research found that children who vaped were five times more likely to go on and start smoking. And according to the WHO there are 16,000 different flavours of vapes – such as bubblegum and gummy bears.
This new law will limit children’s exposure to commercial messages normalising or glamourising the purchase and usage of e-cigarettes, and further support the ban on their sale to those under 18.
Health and wellbeing is at the very heart of all that we seek to achieve in Fianna Fáil.