Ireland passes new tobacco plain packaging legislation

26 February 2015 (Last Updated February 26th, 2015 18:30)

Ireland has passed a new legislation, under which mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products will be implemented.

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Ireland has passed a new legislation, under which mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products will be implemented.

The move comes after Australia introduced similar plain packaging legislation in 2012.

Ireland has now become the second country and the first European Union member state to pass the tobacco plain packaging law.

The new law will require a ban on all forms of branding on the packets, including logos and colours.

Under the new legislation, all tobacco products will have a uniform packaging with graphic health warnings.

"We are on the verge of being the first country in the EU to pass a law on plain packaging."

Commenting on the new legislation, Ireland Minister for Children James Reilly was quoted by AFP before the bill passed : "We are creating legislation, which will be historic and will be of real importance to the area of public health.

"We are on the verge of being the first country in the EU to pass a law on plain packaging. We are on the verge of the being only the second country in the world to pass a plain packaging law."

The new law will come into effect in May 2017, when all existing packaging must be removed from sale.

The introduction of new packaging law forms a part of Dublin's strategy to make Ireland a smoke-free society by 2025, which means the smoking prevalence will be less than 5%.

Dublin is also planning to ban smoking in cars with children and to continue increasing the price of tobacco.

Other EU countries, such as the UK, have also expressed interest in adopting similar packaging rules.


Image: Ireland has now become the second country and first European Union member state to pass the tobacco plain packaging law. Photo: courtesy of hinnamsaisuy via freedigitalphotos.