Blowback over Simon Harris's ban on sweet vape flavours
E-cigarette retailers have pledged to go to court to fight any attempt by the government to ban sales of flavoured vaping products.
Health minister Simon Harris said last month he wanted to ban flavours such as bubblegum and strawberry, which he claimed were designed to be attractive to children. [...] The Irish Vape Vendors Association, which represents independent e-cigarette shops, said this weekend it would “oppose any widespread ban of e-liquid flavours, and if this must take the form of a legal challenge then we are willing to do this”.
Friday, January 10, 2020
'The tobacco industry targeting e-cigarettes at young people is cynical, sickening and dangerous'
HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has been sharply critical of the tobacco industry in its approach to marketing e-cigarettes and vaping products.
Summing up the results of the Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC) 2018 study, Harris said:
“We’re seeing fewer children in Ireland smoke, we’re seeing fewer children in Ireland that use cannabis, [...] Although there was a five-percentage-point drop in children aged 10-17 who had tried smoking, Harris expressed concern that 22% of 12-17 year olds said they had tried vaping, and that 9% said they had tried it in the past 30 days.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Teens believe e-cigarettes are aimed at them
E-cigarette companies insist that their products are not aimed at young people, however this idea has been rejected by Irish teenagers who believe that they are being specifically targeted, new research has found.
The research [...] involved focus groups made up of 3rd and 4th year secondary school students.
According to the findings, teenagers do not believe that the flavours and packaging used are designed for adults only. In fact, some believe that a number of these products would not appeal to adults at all, but would to children.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Advertising of e-cigarettes to be restricted, Harris says
Advertising of e-cigarettes is to be restricted in order to limit the exposure of young people to them, Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed.
Provision allowing for the banning of e-cigarette advertising near schools and creches, and on public transport, will be added to legislation planned for next year that will introduce a ban on sales of the products to under-18s, he said. [...] The two groups say e-cigarette companies are not telling the truth when they claim sweet flavours such as candyfloss and bubblegum are aimed at adults rather than children.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Smoking levels falling faster than increases in e-cigarette use
The number of people taking up e-cigarettes is lower than the amount who have quit smoking in recent years, new figures show.
In the last five years the portion of the population who smoke has fallen from 23 to 17 per cent, according to the latest Healthy Ireland survey.
Over the same period the number of people who reported to be e-cigarette or vape users only increased by two per cent, from three to five per cent of the population.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Simon Harris considering banning vaping products near schools and playgrounds
HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris said he is considering banning vaping products and e-cigarettes near schools and playgrounds amid fears they are being “cynically” marketed toward young people and will get them addicted to nicotine. Speaking at the launch of a new patient advocacy service on Wednesday, Mr Harris said it is his intention to restrict advertisements of e-cigarettes and vaping products close to schools, creches and playgrounds.