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The Republic of Ireland abides by the EU TPD (2014). The law relating to e-cigarettes is Statutory Instrument. No. 271 of 2016, European Union (manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products) regulations. Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are regulated as tobacco products. Vaping is not officially prohibited in public places but many locations have imposed their own vaping bans. Domestic advertising is permitted within the confines of EU law and cross-border sales remain legal providing the retailer is registered with the government.
Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Allowed[1, 2, 3]
As tobacco products
Yes[1, 2, 3]
As medicinal products
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell nicotine
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Advertising & promotion
Public advertising allowed in all Media
No[1, 2, 3]
Advertising allowed at point of sale
No[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Health
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 18+[1, 2, 3]
Child & tamperproof containers required
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
No[1, 2, 3]
Health warning on packaging required
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Products
Notifications of new products required
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Restrictions on tank size
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Restrictions on nicotine content
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these tables show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

Country News

  • Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Delays to legislation on nicotine products give a light to young smokers

  • Delays introducing legislation covering the sale of electronic cigarettes to under-18s could lead to young people vaping and becoming addicted to nicotine, anti-tobacco campaigners have claimed, writes Sean Pollock.

    The current legislation governing tobacco and nicotine products in Ireland, transposed from an EU directive in 2016, refers only to the sale of “tobacco products” being illegal to under-18s. It does not specify an age limit for nicotine products.

  • Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Delays to legislation on nicotine products give a light to young smokers

  • Delays introducing legislation covering the sale of electronic cigarettes to under-18s could lead to young people vaping and becoming addicted to nicotine, anti-tobacco campaigners have claimed, writes Sean Pollock.

    The current legislation governing tobacco and nicotine products in Ireland, transposed from an EU directive in 2016, refers only to the sale of “tobacco products” being illegal to under-18s. It does not specify an age limit for nicotine products.

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Report: Those living in deprived areas more likely to drink and smoke

  • Where we live can have a significant bearing on our health, with those in deprived areas more likely to engage in risky behaviours such as binge drinking and smoking, according to a new report. [...]
    Women living in deprived areas are more likely than those in affluent areas to continue smoking and binge drinking (six or more standard drinks) into their 50s, while men aged 55-64 are 2.5 times more likely to smoke than their peers in affluent areas.

  • Monday, October 01, 2018
  • Smoke-free Ireland still 34 years off as 100 die every week

  • Ireland risks missing its tobacco-free target date of 2025 by 27 years, the HSE has warned.

    The shocking delay is putting new pressure on Health Minister Simon Harris to soften his stance on e-cigarettes to help more smokers quit.

    The Government is committed to being "tobacco-free" - with less than 5pc of the population still smokers - by 2025.

    But the HSE report says that, based on current trends, this target will not be met until 2052.