The Irish government announced that the Public Health (Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhalation Products) Bill, which bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, will come into effect on December 21. Ireland’s health minister received cabinet approval for the measure earlier this year and it was signed into law by President Michael Higgins in August.

The new law includes measures to tackle smoking and vaping among adults. From now on, it will be a crime to sell e-cigarette products to minors under the age of 18 in Ireland. This offense is punishable by a fine of up to 4,000 euros and a prison sentence of up to six months.

At the same time, Ireland will ban the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarette products at children’s activities with immediate effect, as well as the sale of such products through independent vending machines, and restrict e-cigarette advertising in schools and public transportation.

Ireland will also step up enforcement of illegal e-cigarettes, with the new law giving the Environmental Health Service additional enforcement powers over measures in the bill and all previous tobacco control bills.


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