Calls for €500 spot fines for tobacco crimes
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland believes €500 on-the-spot fines need to be introduced for tobacco offences.
In a response to a public consultation by the Department of Health, the group proposes that a “fixed penalty (€500) would be a sufficient to act as a deterrent” to those that ignore the rules governing the sale of tobacco.
“Penalties for sale to minors, for example, should carry a more severe penalty. Repeat offences should also carry a more severe penalty than first offences,” the College added.
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The RCPI said it also welcomed proposes by Senators Averil Power and John Crown that would tighten regulations on e-cigarettes to bring them in line with the sale and use of tobacco products.
“There is sufficient evidence to caution children and adolescents, pregnant women, and women of reproductive age about use of NMNDS because of the potential for foetal and adolescent nicotine exposure,” the College said, adding that second-hand exposure to e-cigarettes’ vapours may also be an issue.