The Oireachtas has passed comprehensive tobacco control laws known as the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002 and the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Act 2004. These Acts include provisions to: increase prohibitions on tobacco advertising and sponsorship; restrict the marketing and sale of tobacco; provide for mandatory health warnings and restrict labelling; and provide for prohibitions on smoking tobacco products. On 1 January 2016 the government enacted a new piece of tobacco control legislation called the “Protection of Children’s Health (Tobacco Smoke in Mechanically Propelled Vehicles) Bill 2014”. Link to DOH website and also upload the legislation.
All tobacco control Acts can be accessed on http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/home.html
A recent survey indicated that almost one in five children are exposed to smoke in cars. That smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, about 50 of which are cancer-causing.
The law, which does not apply to e-cigarettes, came into effect on 1 January 2016. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly said the ban is being introduced to bring about a culture change so that people do not engage in the activity.
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