Press Release

Minister welcomes ban on sale of cigarettes in packs of fewer than 20 and confectioneries that resemble tobacco products

The Minister for State at the Department of Health & Children, Mr Séan Power has today (31st May) – World No Tobacco Day – welcomed the commencement of further sections of the 2002 & 2004 Public Health Tobacco Acts.

With effect from today, the sale of (a) cigarettes in packs of fewer than 20 and (b) confectioneries that resemble tobacco products is prohibited.

Speaking at the Office of Tobacco Control’s Conference, Children Youth and Tobacco: Causes, Consequences and Action today, the Minister said that “The abolition of 10 packs of cigarettes is an important factor in preventing people, particularly children, from experimenting with tobacco. The majority of smokers become addicted in their childhood and teenage years and research has clearly shown that price is an important factor in young people deciding not to smoke. By increasing the minimum number of units which may be bought, we raise the price barrier higher for children at the experimental stage”.

Sections 38(1) and 38(3) of the Public Health Tobacco Amendment Acts 2002 and 2004 are commenced with effect from 31 May 2007. This provides for the prohibition of sales of cigarettes in packs of less than 20 and the sale of confectioneries that have been manufactured in such a way as to resemble a type of product from that date.