Thursday, 17 October 2019

Questions (205, 206)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

205. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if he will reconsider the need for a ban on self-serve cigarette vending machines (details supplied); his views on the impact of such a ban on small businesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42734/19]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

206. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if a regulatory impact assessment to review the potential effects of introducing an unnecessary ban on already age restricted self-serve cigarette vending machines will be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42735/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 205 and 206 together.

As I have previously stated, I intend to bring forward legislation that will, among other important steps in tobacco control, prohibit the sale of tobacco products from self-service vending machines. This is done with the aim of protecting children from the harms of smoking and to denormalise tobacco use.

When I bring forward the proposal for this legislation it will be accompanied by a regulatory impact assessment.