uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Click here to find out more »
Dublin: 5 °C Thursday 22 February, 2018

Ireland to ban e-cigarettes for under-18s

Health Minister James Reilly likely to bring in wider legislation to regulate use of device which cuts out tobacco – but still delivers nicotine.

Image: e-cigarette via Shutterstock

Updated 11pm

CONTROVERSIAL E-CIGARETTES are to be banned for under-18s.

Health Minister James Reilly is to ban the sale of the devices to those under the age of 18, can confirm.

“E-cigarettes contain nicotine which is a highly addictive and dangerous drug,” said a Department of Health spokesperson.

The ban comes as the department and Minister Reilly review evidence on the “potential harm and the potential benefits” as they prepare to launch wider regulation on their use in Irish society.

While e-cigarettes are marketed as a stop-smoking aid, they do contain nicotine. The UK has just banned e-cigarettes for under-18s, with the country’s Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies saying that:

We do not yet know the harm that e-cigarettes can cause to adults let alone to children, but we do know that they are not risk-free.

The EU has proposed that e-cigarettes be banned entirely if three or more member states ban their use in their own countries.

- First published 2.3opm

Department of Health hopes to regulate e-cigarettes>
How do e-cigarettes compare to nicotine patches in helping smokers quit?>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

Leave a commentcancel

Trending Tags