Date announced for removal of all tobacco POS

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Tighter controls coming in July 2009



20 August 2008

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Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Mary Wallace TD announced last month that further provisions of the Public Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002 and 2004 are to be commenced on 1 July 2009.

The key provisions being commenced will be: a ban on all in-store/POS advertising of tobacco products, a ban on the display of tobacco products in retail premises, the introduction of a closed container/dispenser provision, and of a retail register for tobacco retailers. As of 1 July 2009 the Act will also impose tighter controls on the location and operation of tobacco vending machines
According to the Department of Health and Children, research shows that tobacco advertising at the point of sale is a key factor in a young person starting and continuing to smoke. Restricting advertising, it is believed, will limit this risk with young people and will also support adults who are trying to quit.

Self-service vending machines will be permitted in licensed premises or registered clubs only. However, they must be token activated and located within the view of a responsible member of staff.



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