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Mixed reaction to govt considering raising the age of smoking to 21




Tánaiste Micheál Martin has described as “significant” the proposed legislation that will raise the legal age of purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21, reports RTE.

This week, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will present the legislation to the Cabinet for ratification, raising the legal age by three years.

The measure will be drafted such that it has no effect on those who are now legally permitted to purchase tobacco products and who are between the ages of 18 and 21, reports RTE.

This cohort will be exempt from the ban on the retail sale of tobacco products during a “wash through” period.

Although there has been a decline in the number of youth smokers over the last 20 years, Mr. Martin stated that this was an opportunity “to press home the possibilities of really eliminating smoking among younger generations into the future”, reports RTE.

“The research is showing that raising the age to 21 matters in that respect,” he added, reports RTE.

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