Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (305)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

305. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to vaping advertising on bus stops here; his views on whether such advertising should be curtailed; if he or his officials have met with representatives of the vaping and e-cigarette industry to date in 2019; and if so, the circumstances under which the meeting occurred. [38439/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

E-cigarettes are regulated under the European Union (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco and Related Products) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 271/2016). These Regulations prohibit advertisements for e-cigarettes online and in printed publications except for those directed at persons in the e-cigarette industry or publications printed and published outside the EU and intended for markets outside the EU. In addition, advertisements for e-cigarettes are prohibited on television, on-demand television services and on radio. Finally, any form of contribution to an event, activity or person with the aim of promoting e-cigarettes and with a cross-border effect is also prohibited.

The current priority in relation to e-cigaretes is the draft scheme under development for a Public Health (Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill. The Bill will include provisions to prohibit the sale of nicotine inhaling products such as e-cigarettes by and to persons under the age of 18 and introduce a new licensing system for the retail sale of nicotine-inhaling products such as e-cigarettes.

Neither I, nor my officials have met with representatives of the vaping and e-cigarette industry to date in 2019.