Cigarette Vending Machines To Be Banned As Part Of Minister Reilly's Tobacco Free Plans
Published on Oct 3 2013 12:43 PM in Pub/Bar/Nightclub
The government has announced plans to make Ireland tobacco free by 2025. Smoking will not be illegal but Minister James"Reilly hoped smoking rates will be reduced from 22% to just 5%.
This is the first time a date has been set to make Ireland tobacco free.
The government has set itself a target of denormalising smoking and cutting smoking rates to just 5% over the next 12 years.
And while smoking will not be illegal, it will be banned in cars and in many public areas like playgrounds, creches and college campuses.
There will also be further price increases on the price of cigarettes and tobacco.
Part of the plans is to ban all self-service tobacco vending machines, which could have a huge impact on pubs country-wide.
An estimated 5,200 people are dying from smoking-related illnesses every year in Ireland, according to the Irish Cancer Society President John McCormack, who spoke earlier today on Newstalk Radio.
Popular tourist destination Trinity College is already considering banning smoking on campus along with UCD, and the Department of Health are encouraging other colleges to do the same.