Stricter regulations on the sale and advertising of e-cigarettes have been approved by the government in Ireland, reports The Irish Post.
The new regulations mean e-cigarettes and any related nicotine inhaling products will no longer be allowed to be sold from self-deriving vending machines, from temporary or mobile premises and at places or events for children, reports The Irish Post. Advertising for e-cigarettes will be banned from public transportation as well as in cinemas and in the vicinity of schools.
The Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill that will include these new proposals is currently being drafted and should be published by the end of the year. The bill already forbids the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 and offenders will receive minimum suspension periods, with fixed penalty notices for offences also being introduced, according to The Irish Post.
“We recognised that nicotine is a highly addictive drug, and we are acting today to make these products less accessible to our young people and to remove the advertising for these products from our children’s everyday lives,” said Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.