Cork TD calls for ban on advertising of ‘highly addictive’ vaping popular with teens


A TD from Cork calls for stricter advertising and packaging rules for vaping and e-cigarette products as they are “highly addictive” and linked to “chronic lung disease and asthma”.

Cork North Central TD Colm Burke said electronic cigarette products that are popular with “young people” should be subject to strict regulations such as those imposed on tobacco products.

“Although much is still unknown about the dangers of vaping, research [i] indicates links to chronic lung disease and asthma. Electronic cigarettes are also highly addictive, with nicotine being the main agent in many products, ”he said.

MP Burke noted that these products are “often marketed as a way for smokers to quit. In stores and websites, they are being sold as a ‘cleaner alternative’ to smoking, with the switch from cigarettes to vaping being touted as a ‘healthy product’ decision. “

“However, if a product is to be promoted for medical purposes, like quitting smoking, it must be cleared by the Health Products and Regulatory Authority (HPRA). There are currently no electronic cigarettes on the market in Ireland authorized by the HPRA.

“Since the introduction of the smoking ban in 2004, Ireland has been a world leader in the fight against the damage caused by tobacco products. However, the same cannot be said for our current approach to electronic cigarettes, Ireland being well behind our EU counterparts, ”he added.

TD has acknowledged that the government has taken action, including “banning the purchase of electronic cigarettes for those under 18,” but insists more must now be done as young people’s health is at risk .

“For the first time in 25 years, after dropping from 41% to 13%, the smoking rate among our 15-16 year olds is now increasing. 39% of this age group have used e-cigarettes, while over 15% are regular users, ”he said.

MP Burke is now calling on the government to “ban advertising, including on billboards and on public transport, so that the introduction of plain packaging is urgently needed to protect public health and, most importantly, the well-being of our young people “.

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