According to news on November 14, in the new law that will be submitted to the cabinet, Ireland will ban the sale of electronic cigarettes and electronic cigarettes to young people under the age of 18.
Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly will seek to ban the sale of nicotine inhalers to people under 18 from the start of the year in a series of regulations.
Many European countries have banned the use of vaping products because research has shown that nicotine consumption can have long-term effects on brain development.
According to the Irish Independent, the legislation is at an early stage and Mr Donnelly will limit the types of retailers allowed to sell vaping products in a bid to reduce the number of shops selling the products.
The measures hope to stamp out advertisements for nicotine inhalation products in areas near schools and other places where children and young people are often attended.
In addition, the advertising ban for vaping tools and oils will target public transport such as Dublin buses and Irish Railways.
Health officials reportedly want to end the normalization or glorification of vaping.
As vaping has become more popular in Ireland in recent years, a number of independent vaping shops have popped up in Irish cities and rural towns.
Some medical experts believe vaping may be worse than smoking standard cigarettes, reinforcing the government’s desire to keep them away from teens.
According to the Health Behavior Survey of Schoolchildren (2018) and the European School Alcohol and Other Drugs Project (2019), 9% of children aged 12 to 17 had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.
The World Health Organization says there are 16,000 different flavors of e-cigarettes, including watermelon, bubble gum and gummy bears.
An official said on Sunday: “There are concerns that it is a gateway to smoking.
Children who vape are five times more likely to eventually start smoking, according to the Health Research Council.
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