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Calls To Raise Legal Age of Buying Tobacco And E-Cigs To 21


08:39 11 Nov 2022

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It comes as part of the HSE's Tobacco Free Ireland Programme.

There are calls to raise the legal age of buying tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21.

It comes as research has shown a slight increase in smoking in Ireland in the last 2 to 3 years.

The number of adults smoking lies at around 18 per cent, but the HSE aims to reduce the cohort to 5 per cent by 2025.

It comes as the government increased the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes to 15 euro and 50 cent in this year's budget.

Fine Gael Health Spokesperson, Colm Burke, says further intervention is required to bring numbers down:

"This is about healthcare and long-term planning."

"If we stopped everyone smoking in the morning, it will still take us 25 years where we still be dealing with it as a health issue."

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