Vaping reps will urge well being committee to not ban flavoured nicotine merchandise

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FLAVOURED NICOTINE PRODUCTS shouldn’t be restricted in new laws, members of the Irish Vape Distributors Affiliation (IVVA) will argue tomorrow.

The Joint Committee on Well being will meet tomorrow, Tuesday 15 February with representatives from the IVVA for pre-legislative scrutiny of the final scheme of the Public Well being (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Merchandise) Invoice.

The proposed laws will prohibit the sale of vapes and tobacco- and nicotine-inhaling merchandise to individuals beneath the age of 18. It should additionally make it unlawful for under-18s to promote such merchandise.

Committee Cathaoirleach Seán Crowe mentioned: “The Committee started pre-legislative scrutiny in November 2021 and we are going to hear from a lot of stakeholders on the difficulty within the coming months.” 

The Committee beforehand heard issues from the Irish Coronary heart Basis that teen smoking charges are growing for the primary time in ten years resulting from an ‘explosion’ of vaping amongst this age cohort.

“Analysis from the Well being Analysis Board has discovered that youngsters who vape are as much as 5 occasions extra more likely to take up smoking citing the gateway impact. We welcome the chance to debate these and different associated issues with representatives,”

A spokesperson for the IVVA argues that e-liquid flavours are of important significance to vapers.

The IVVA will say it’s deeply involved by the damaging results a flavour ban might have on tobacco hurt discount and shopper selection.

“The primary argument in favour of banning flavoured e-liquids is the potential danger of creating vaping merchandise extra enticing to minors with child-friendly flavourings & packaging. The affiliation between vaping flavours and subsequent smoking initiation is just not substantiated

“Banning flavoured e-liquids would additionally run counter to vape shoppers’ curiosity. IVVA

members observe each day that the selection of e-liquid flavours is among the causes that

encourages an grownup smoker make the swap to vaping.” the IVVA will inform the committee.