Public consultation opened on sale of tobacco products
Department of Health asks members of the public to submit their views on the sale of tobacco products
8 December 2014
The Department of Health is asking members of the public to share their opinions on tobacco consumption and take part in a consultation process which aims to achieve a “tobacco free society” by 2025.
The department has started its 2014 public consultation on the sale of tobacco products and non-medicinal nicotine delivery systems (NMNDS), including e-cigarettes, as part of the Republic’s policy on tobacco control.
The consultation follows the drafting of tobacco legislation which was approved by the government in June 2014. Proposed measures include the introduction of a licensing system for tobacco products and NMNDS, the prohibition of the sale of tobacco products from self-service vending machines, and a ban on the sale of tobacco products by young people under 18 and the sale of NMNDS and e-cigarettes to and by under 18 year olds.
The department wants to cut Irish smoking prevalence to below 5% of the population by 2025 as part of its Tobacco Free Ireland proposals.
JTI Ireland is currently considering its response to the proposals. Derek Mooney, sales director, JTI Ireland, said: “The proposals outlined in this consultation would significantly impact various areas of the legal tobacco market in Ireland. As Ireland’s leading tobacco manufacturer, JTI will seek to engage constructively with the consultation with the aim of ensuring an appropriate and proportionate regulatory framework for tobacco products in Ireland. We are currently considering our response to the proposals.”
Members of the public are asked to submit their views on the sale of tobacco products online or can email the Department of Health to request a hard copy of the questionnaire at firstname.lastname@example.org.