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  • 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

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    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.

  • Friday, November 08, 2019
  • 'Bear it in mind': Harris was contacted about vaping by minister and FG colleague

  • A CABINET MINISTER and a Fine Gael colleague were among those who contacted Health Minister Simon Harris in relation to the use of e-cigarettes in Ireland, department correspondence has revealed.

    Last month Harris told the Oireachtas Health Committee that he believed it was “appalling the amount of members of the Oireachtas that are bringing around vaping companies in here and asking me to meet them”.

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Oireachtas health committee to consider ban on sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s

  • A draft scheme to introduce a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s and on the sale of tobacco products from vending machines at venues where children might be present will be considered by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health next month.

    It is hoped the legislation will be passed in early 2020.

    Minister for Health Simon Harris received Cabinet approval last week for new legislation which will further restrict tobacco sales 15 years after the ban on smoking in the workplace was introduced.