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  • Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Ireland bans menthol cigarettes and rolling tobacco starting May 20

  • In Ireland, menthol cigarettes and rolling tobacco, along with irregularly shaped packs such as skinny cigarettes will be banned from May 20. Also included in the ban are click dual cigarettes that change from normal to menthol. Professor Des Cox is Chair of the Policy Group on Tobacco at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He supports the ban because he says menthols make starting smoking easier.

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Irish scientists find new health threat from some illegal vaping products

  • The vaping debate took a sinister twist yesterday after Irish scientists discovered a new health threat.

    A highly toxic gas is released when a chemical found in some illegal vaping products is heated.


    The research was led by chemists at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

    It follows revelations in the US last year of an increasing number of lung injuries linked to vaping.

    The Irish team tested what happened when they heated Vitamin E acetate – an ingredient found in THC-based vaping products.

  • Monday, January 20, 2020
  • 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.