People under 18 will not be allowed to vape in Ireland

The Irish Government confirmed this Wednesday that it will introduce in the coming months a law that prohibits the sale of vaping products to those under 18 years of age.

The new legislation, approved by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, will also end the sale of these products at events organized for minors, as well as with advertising on public transport and near educational centers.

The Irish Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, recalled that tobacco causes more than 4,500 deaths each year in this country and noted that vaping among teens increases the chance that they will become smokers in the future.

The Republic of Ireland was already at the forefront of the fight against tobacco addiction when it became the first country in the world to ban tobacco in all public places in 2004, as an initial step towards the goal of achieving a “smoking-free society.” smoke” by 2025.

However, Donnelly indicated that the smoking population in this country, around 18%, is still “too high”.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Micheál Martin, has also warned that vaping is “very dangerous, especially among the youngest”, since they are more susceptible to “advertising and marketing”.

For this reason, it considered that this new law will contribute to “future generations will not be attracted to vaping”a practice, he said, that represents, “in a way, revenge by the tobacco industry to get people hooked on nicotine again.”

A recent study carried out in Irish schools revealed that 9% of students between the ages of 12 and 17 and 15.5% of 15 and 16 year olds use electronic cigarettes or vapers.

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Likewise, it was verified that minors who vape multiply by five the possibility of becoming smokers.

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