Stop smoking once and for all, says health minister


From February 1, the fact of smoking in closed private vehicles in the presence of children, when there is more than one person in the vehicle, will constitute an offense and will also be an offense the fact that a driver does not ” not prevent other people from smoking in his vehicle if children are present.

A series of TV, radio, outdoor and digital commercials will launch on January 10 highlighting the new law.

Minister Swann said: “It is important that smokers are aware of the new regulations and realize that if you smoke in a car with a child in it, or if you are the driver and you allow someone ‘one to smoke under these circumstances, you will be committing an offense punishable with a heavy penalty.

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“This change in law is widely supported by the public, charities and the Northern Ireland Assembly, and for good reason: Smoking kills thousands of people in Northern Ireland every year and exposure to smoke high school harms the health of your loved ones, especially children I encourage smokers to view this new change in the law as a motivation to quit smoking once and for all.

In addition, from February 1, the sale of nicotine inhalation products, including electronic cigarettes or vapes, to children, and their purchase on behalf of children, may result in significant penalties and, in the event of repeat infringement, retailers may be prohibited from selling such products for a period of up to three years.

The Minister said, “Nicotine is highly addictive and, according to the World Health Organization, exposure to nicotine during adolescence can have long-term consequences for brain development. In addition to the potential long-term health implications of adolescent nicotine vaping, there are also concerns that the use of such products may provide a gateway to smoking.

“We must do everything possible to protect the health of our children and youth, so I am very happy to see the introduction of this new regulation on the sale of nicotine inhalation products.”

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