A COMPANY involved in the production of e-cigarettes is to create almost 140 jobs at a new facility in Connemara.
Rossport Pharmaceutical will make the formal announcement on Monday about where it is to locate a €5.2m state-of-the-art production site.
The 138 new jobs in Cornamona are being grant-aided by Udaras na Gaeltachta – Cornamona is an Irish-speaking community in the Gaeltacht – and will support operations across Ireland and Europe where Rossport is already a leading producer and distributor of e-liquids and Nicotine Containing Products (NCP).
E-liquids are used to produce vapour which is inhaled by smokers of e-cigarettes who are trying to quit traditional cigarettes. Users of the new product are said to be "vaping", rather than smoking.
The battery-powered devices, which can be bought online and in some pubs, chemists and newsagents, deliver a hit of addictive nicotine and emit water vapour to mimic the feeling and look of smoking.
The vapour is considered potentially less harmful than cigarette smoke and is free of some of its damaging substances, such as tar.
E-cigarettes are currently the subject of an ongoing review by the Department of Health into the product's potential harm and potential benefits.
Health Minister, Dr James Reilly, has said he will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s and a similar ban is to be introduced in the UK where an estimated 1.3million people use e-cigarettes.