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HSE recalls e-cigarettes with illegal amounts of nicotine

The HSE has repeated a call to the public to stop using e-cigarettes that have been found to contain illegal amounts of nicotine. A total of five flavours of the McKesse brand of e-cigarettes have now been reported to the European Safety Gate, the EU’s rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products, for containing more than the permitted amount of nicotine, which is set at 20mg/ml. In some cases, nicotine values of more than 30mg/ml were found when samples were tested. [...]

Two thirds of Irish public would support disposable vape ban, Ipsos poll finds

A survey carried out by the independent polling organisation Ipsos found that 64pc of respondents support the banning of disposable e-cigarettes, also known as vapes, 28pc opposed the measure, while 8pc said they were unsure.

HSE issues safety alert about two e-cigarette products

The HSE has issued a safety alert notice regarding two e-cigarette products which contain "more than the permitted concentration of nicotine."

The products in question, Fantasi Ice Orange and Fantasi Ice Remix Blackcurrant and Lemon, pose a serious risk to public safety.

Retailers are being asked to recall the vaping products, and consumers should not use them.

The products were sampled and analysed by the HSE and found to have a nicotine concentration up to 25.3mg/ml. 

Sale of vaping products to children to be banned

Health minister Stephen Donnelly said: “Tobacco smoking continues to kill 4,500 people in Ireland every year and remains the biggest single cause of disability and death combined in our country. In the past, we have been recognised as global leaders in tobacco control, but our smoking rate continues to remain unacceptably high at 18 per cent.

“We have all seen the rise in popularity of vaping and especially among our young people. Our research tells us that vaping among adolescents increases the likelihood that they will later smoke. Our bill is designed to intervene at each phase of the process through which these products are sold.

Sale of e-cigarettes to under 18's in Ireland to be banned by mid-July

Ireland will join the likes of Belgium, France and Germany who have already banned the sale of e-cigarettes to adolescents.

The selling of vaping products to those aged 18 and under is due to be banned by mid-July.

The new legislation will prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18, and is planned to be introduced before the Dáil’s summer recess in mid-July.

A restriction on the types of retailers that are able to sell vapes or nicotine-inhaling products is included in the proposed legislation.

'Banning vaping will just lead to more smokers'

IRELAND SHOULD NOT completely ban the sale of electronic cigarettes or vapes, but there could be more regulation when it comes to who can purchase them, experts have told The Journal.

It comes after Australia announced it will ban recreational vaping, with e-cigarettes no longer being sold in general and convenience stores.

The country’s government will increase the product standards for vapes, including by restricting flavours and colours, in order to tackle the growing black market. 

It will also require pharmaceutical-like packaging, a reduction in the maximum allowed nicotine concentrations and volumes and a ban on single-use vapes.

Let Me Tell You: Series 2 Ep 4 — Vaping is 'the revenge of the tobacco industry', says Micheál Martin

Vaping is the tobacco industry "coming back at" governments for indoor smoking bans, Tánaiste Micheál Martin has claimed.

Mr Martin was the health minister from 2000 to 2004 during which time the smoking ban was implemented here despite tough opposition. 

On the latest episode of the Irish Examiner podcast Let Me Tell You, he discussed the difficulties in establishing the law some two decades ago and its legacy. 

He also said that vaping is "the revenge of the tobacco industry" and is something he is "very angry about".

HSE launches quit smoking campaign amid concerns over stalled rates of reduction

Almost 100 people die in Ireland from smoking-related diseases every week, public health doctors have warned, as the HSE launched its quit-smoking campaign for 2023.

Research shows if people quit for 28 days they are five times more likely to quit for good, and a range of tools are now provided to help them. Matthew O’Donoghue from Tipperary started smoking at 18, but later began to see it was controlling his activities.

Cabinet to consider ban on sale of vaping products to under-18s

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will this morning seek Cabinet approval for legislation banning retailers from selling vaping products to under-18s and prohibiting e-cigarette advertisements on public transport.

The new laws also restrict the types of retailers that can sell nicotine-inhaling products.

Vaping advertising will not be allowed near schools, and the ban will also extend to public transport, so as to limit children’s exposure to commercial messages normalising or glamorising the purchase and usage of e-cigarettes.

New laws to ban sale of vaping products to under-18s

The sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products to under-18s is set to be banned, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is to seek Cabinet approval to ban the sale of “nicotene inhaling products” to those aged under 18 from early in the new year.

Vaping products are already banned in a number of European countries, as there is clear evidence that exposure to nicotine in adolescence can have long-term consequences for brain development.