Steps to ban flavored e-cigarettes hailed by National Heart Foundation
The Irish Heart Foundation has welcomed moves to stop young people using e-cigarettes – including plans to ban flavored vapes.
The charity lobbied for four sweeping recommendations to be included in a pre-legislative scrutiny report for an upcoming bill.
One of the main suggestions of the report is to ban the flavoring of all vapes except tobacco.
“Vape manufacturers are clearly using flavors – and research has identified thousands – that they know will appeal to minors,” said Mark Murphy, advocacy manager at the Irish Heart Foundation.
“Many products are sold in bright, attractive packaging with cartoon characters designed to appeal to young people. In the research we conducted, 3rd and 4th grade students saw different e-cigarette products.
“When asked for their opinion, none believed the e-cigarette makers’ claim that their design was for adults only and felt, instead, that they were very likely to appeal to children. more than adults.
The Oireachtas Health Committee’s report for the Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhalants) Bill, released this weekend, also addresses this issue – suggesting a restriction on brightly colored packaging and l introduction of plain packaging.
It also suggests steps to ban the advertising and promotion of e-cigarettes on all social media, online and on billboards.
In addition, the committee recommends that Health Minister Stephen Donnelly conduct a review and collate research on international studies that have focused on increasing the age of purchase of tobacco and tobacco inhalants. nicotine from 18 to 21 years old.
“We recognize that some long-time adult smokers use e-cigarettes to quit or cut down on smoking, however, the Irish Heart Foundation is concerned about the increase in vaping among young people,” Mr Murphy said.
“We can cite evidence that e-cigarettes are not safe; they impair health, inflict short-term damage and act as a gateway to smoking.
“Smoking causes thousands of deaths every year in Ireland. We are not ready to let another generation of young people become addicted to tobacco.
Recent HSE research has shown that 71% of the Irish public support Tobacco 21 – the decision to ban the sale of tobacco to under-21s.
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