Cigs must be in plain packaging
All cigarette and other tobacco products will have to be sold in plain packaging with graphic health warnings from September 30, it was announced last night.
A commencement order was signed which will outlaw all forms of trademarks, logos, colours and graphics on tobacco products.
The packs, which will be all in a neutral colour, will also have to display the brand and other names in small typeface.
Products which come on the market in traditional packaging up to that date can continue to be sold up to September 30, 2018.
The crackdown - aimed at reducing smoking, particularly among children - follows the signing of the order by Health Minister Simon Harris and Health Promotion Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.
Mr Harris 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."