Joe Dunne, founder of Respect Vapers, welcomes the Government’s approval for the introduction of additional restrictions on the sale and advertising of vapes to under 18s.
The proposals will be incorporated into the Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill. It will also include a licensing system for the retail sale of vapes and tobacco products.
“It is important that access to vaping products by under 18s is banned. Young people should not have access to such products.
Our hope is that the new ban will be strictly policed so that those who fail to comply will be dealt with severely.
We appreciate that the Government recognises the role vaping can play to help adult smoker quit cigarettes,” he said.
The Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, welcomed the government’s approval of the measures:
“Tobacco smoking continues to kill approximately 4,500 people in our country each year. We recognise that nicotine inhaling products are used by some adult smokers to assist them to quit tobacco smoking.
However, we are clear that these products are of no benefit to our children and young people or to non-smokers and that is why we are taking this action today.”