Press Release

Minister of State Power announces date from which sale of cigarettes in packs of less than 20 will be prohibited

Mr Sean Power TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children announced yesterday evening that it will be illegal to sell cigarettes in packs of less than 20 from 31 May 2007. The sale of confectioneries that resemble tobacco products will also be banned from that date.

Speaking at the official opening of the Office of Tobacco Control offices in Naas, Mr Power said “a recent report “Children, Youth and Tobacco” tells us that 76% of young people purchase 10 packs of cigarettes. The preference for 10 packs has been shown internationally to be linked to price – which is also an important factor in young people deciding not to smoke. I believe that the removal of packs of 10 will be a clear disincentive to young people to start the habit and continue smoking.”