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The HSE’s nationwide lead on the Tobacco Free Programme has stated the consumption of e-cigarettes amongst younger individuals represents a “worrying trend”, as a TD referred to as for strict promoting and gross sales restrictions on such merchandise.

The HSE’s Martina Blake stated that the usage of e-cigarettes represents a “real risk” and a “real worry” for youthful age teams, and heightens the probabilities they might grow to be tobacco people who smoke in later life.

In accordance with latest Wholesome Eire surveys, these aged underneath 25 usually tend to have used e-cigarettes with 14% having tried them sooner or later and 4% who at present use them.

The newest European Faculty Survey Mission on Alcohol and Medicine in 2019 discovered that 37% of 15-16-year-olds in Eire had tried e-cigarettes at one level. And 15% had used them previously 30 days.

Ms Blake stated that robust laws exists to ban promoting on the level of sale for tobacco, however this isn’t in place for e-cigarettes.

“We have seen a rise in e-cigarette consumption, particularly among teenagers,” she stated. 

We all know that nicotine on a creating mind is de facto dangerous. These nicotine receptors are developed, and heightens their danger of turning into tobacco people who smoke. It’s a worrying pattern.

In the meantime, Positive Gael’s Colm Burke has stated that limits must be launched on the promoting of e-cigarettes.

“While the Government has taken steps to address the potential dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes with the introduction of new legislation, which includes banning the purchasing of e-cigarettes by under-18s, more must be done,” Mr Burke stated.

We should have a look at the promoting of e-cigarettes and vapes from the identical angle by means of which we’ve seen the advertising of cigarettes and tobacco merchandise over the previous variety of years.

Mr Burke stated {that a} ban on promoting on billboards and on public transport, in addition to the introduction of plain packaging is “urgently needed” to guard public well being.

In an announcement, the Division of Well being stated {that a} invoice that would supply for additional regulation of digital cigarettes is at present with the Workplace of the Lawyer Common for drafting and to endure pre-legislative scrutiny.


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