Plans to regulate e-cigarettes here
E-cigarettes may be safer than conventional cigarettes but we don't yet know the long-term effects of vaping on the body. There are clinical trials in progress to test the quality, safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes, but until these are complete, it is not possible to recommend their use.
The Department of Health said e-cigarettes contain nicotine and a licensing system is planned to regulate them.
The legislation will also prohibit the sale of these products to, and by, persons under 18 years of age. Work on the legislation is ongoing in the Department of Health and it is expected that the General Scheme of a Bill will be published this year.
An EU directive will impose stricter rules - setting mandatory safety and quality requirements, e.g. on nicotine content, ingredients and devices, as well as refill mechanisms etc for e-cigarettes - make health warnings and information leaflets obligatory, and introduce notification requirements for manufacturers and importers of e-cigarettes.
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