Government consider rise in smoking age, ban on disposable vapes

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says that the government are looking at ways to combat the prevelance of vaping in Ireland.

A part of this plan may involve making it illegal to sell tobacco and vape products to those under the age of 21.

Mr. Donnelly revealed his intentions at a recent event marking the 20th anniversary of the workplace smoking ban, saying that he would personally recommend the rise in smoking age, and that legislation is currently being worked on should the move be agreed upon at a government level.

He says that the government will also be exploring a ban on disposable vapes and expanding no-smoking zones to outdoor seating areas, such as outside of pubs and cafes.

The government banned the sale of vapes to those under the age of 18 last year in response to a significant rise in younger people purchasing the products.

There will also be further measures coming into place next week regarding the advertisment of vape products in public places and inside of shops.

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