Information messages which set out the ingredients and emissions of tobacco products, similar to those used in Australia, should be required on at least one side of tobacco packaging, according to a new report by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children.
3 April 2014
Brand and variant names appearing on individual cigarette sticks should also be prohibited in any new legislation on tobacco plain packaging, it says.
The recommendations are among 26 in a report on the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013 which was presented to the Minister for Health James Reilly TD and published on the Oireachtas.ie website today, Thursday, 3rd April 2014.
According to the report, the proposed legislation should include provisions to provide for:
Consideration should also be given to the introduction of a ‘polluter pays’ type levy on tobacco manufacturers to be used to offset the health care costs associated with tobacco use, the report recommends.
It also includes that the recommendations and measures set out in Tobacco Free Ireland should be implemented as soon as possible, in particular the following recommendations:
Committee Chairman, Jerry Buttimer TD said: “The control and regulation of tobacco products and tobacco use is a key public health policy objective in Ireland. Following the implementation of many successful legislative and policy initiatives, Ireland is regarded internationally as one of the leaders in this area. The Tobacco Control Scale 2010 in Europe ranks Ireland second out of 31 European countries in terms of tobacco control. Over the past number of months the Committee has conducted a series of pre-legislative hearings on the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013 which proposes to introduce standardised packaging for all tobacco products and also determine the size and position of health warnings on cigarette packets. Today, the Committee published its report which contains a number of recommendations and observations on the Heads of the Bill.”
Among the report’s other recommendations are:
Read the report here.
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Houses of the Oireachtas,
Deputies: Jerry Buttimer (Chair), Catherine Byrne, Ciara Conway (Vice-Chair), Regina Doherty, Robert Dowds, Peter M Fitzpatrick, Seamus Healy, Billy Kelleher, Eamonn Maloney, Mattie McGrath, Sandra McLellan, Dan Neville, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Robert Troy
Senators: Colm Burke, John Crown, John Gilroy, Imelda Henry, Marc Mac Sharry and Jillian Van Turnhout