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Here's All You Need To Know About The New Smoking Laws In Ireland

By James Fenton

March 30, 2017 at 9:00am

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Major new smoking laws have been announced which will see tobacco products being sold in plain, standardised packaging.

From September 30, there will be no more branding on packets. This includes trademarks and colours, with all the packets to be in one plain colour. 

Also, the brand name of the products will now be presented in small print. The move is seen as a bid to reduce the number of Irish smokers. 

In 2014, the HSE presented a report which found that the number of smokers had declined 29% from June 2003 while 54% of smokers were male with 46% female. 

Smoking rates were lowest in Connaught/Ulster (17%), with higher rates in Munster (19%) and the rest of Leinster at 20%. Dublin experienced the highest rate at 21.6%.

What do you think of the move? If you are a smoker, will the new laws encourage you to quit? Let us know in the comments.

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