New tobacco laws: what smokers need to know
Plain packaging and other measures will be introduced this year
People have welcomed the Minister for Health Simon Harris’ decision to sign the European Tobacco Products Directive which will mean there will be a number of new measures brought in over the next few months to encourage people to quit smoking. Among the things affected by this directive are the packaging and quantity allowed in a pack.
From the 30th of September, packets of cigarettes will no longer be branded, they will be all be a standardised greeny-brown colour, designed to take the appealing look off cigarettes. Flavoured cigarettes such as fruity or menthol will be banned
30g pouches of rolling tobacco will be the smallest quantity available, and 10 packs of cigarettes will also be banned. This is to deter people from buying tobacco and cigarettes by making them buy more, therefore paying more at one time.
The government says these laws are being brought in to help get Ireland tobacco free by 2025. Simon Harris T.D said;
"Smoking is a significant cause of ill-health in Ireland. Almost 6,000 people die from tobacco related disease and tobacco use.
"That is 6,000 families who go through the pain of losing a loved one when the stark reality is that these deaths are unnecessary and avoidable."
Shops will have a year from the time these new laws are brought in to prepare and get rid of old stock, so by late September 2018, all cigarettes in Ireland will abide by these rules.