Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (267)

Robert Troy

Question:

267. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if he held any discussions with the Department of Finance with a view to securing a percentage of excise duty raised through the sale of tobacco towards the education of young persons regarding the negative effects of smoking. [10462/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Tobacco Policy Review Group is examining a number of areas which need to be developed or enhanced in order to reduce smoking prevalence in Ireland. The Group's report will also examine how to develop our cessation services in order to support those people who want to stop smoking. The Group is considering the introduction of a tobacco industry levy to be ring fenced to fund health promotion and tobacco control initiatives.

The Report of the Tobacco Policy Review Group is nearing completion in my Department and the Groups recommendations will be discussed with other Government Departments.