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Friday 25 May 2018

Ban cigarette sales in pubs and clubs and at night, report urges

Jerry Buttimer, Fine Gael deputy for Cork South-Central at Leinster House. Picture: Tom Burke
Jerry Buttimer, Fine Gael deputy for Cork South-Central at Leinster House. Picture: Tom Burke

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

A BAN on the sale of cigarettes in pubs and clubs has been proposed in a report by the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children.

It also wants the introduction of restricted trading hours for the sale of tobacco. The plan would make it illegal to sell cigarettes between 7am and 9am and after 6pm.

The recommendations are contained in a report arising out of its series of hearings on government proposals to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products.

After hearing evidence from all sides, including the tobacco industry, the committee's report backs the proposal.

Committee chairman Jerry Buttimer said: "The control and regulation of tobacco products and tobacco use is a key public health policy objective in Ireland. "Following the implementation of many successful legislative and policy initiatives, Ireland is regarded internationally as one of the leaders in this area.

"Over the past number of months, the committee has conducted a series of pre-legislative hearings on the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013, which proposes to introduce standardised packaging for all tobacco products and also determine the size and position of health warnings on cigarette packets."

It said that information which set out the ingredients and emissions of tobacco products should be required on at least one side of tobacco packaging.

It said consideration should also be given to the introduction of a "polluter pays" type levy on tobacco manufacturers, to be used to offset the healthcare costs associated with tobacco use.

It also called for a ban on smoking in cars where children are passengers.

The sale of tobacco products from mobile units/containers at fairs and markets should be banned and nicotine replacement therapies should be more widely available in shops where tobacco is sold, it advised.

Irish Independent

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