Call to ban e-cigs for under-18s

Published Sunday, 26 January 2014
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A leading charity has urged Health Minister Edwin Poots to enforce a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to under-18s in Northern Ireland.

Call to ban e-cigs for under-18s
There have been calls to ban sales of the products to youngsters. (© Pacemaker)

The NI Chest Heart & Stroke believes they should only be used by adult smokers who have tried other methods to help them quit, and even then only as a short-term option.

Andrew Dougal from the charity said: "E-cigs contain nicotine which is a most powerful drug. It is more addictive than even heroin."

England is set to impose a ban on the sale of e-cigs to under-18s. Adults who buy them for children could face a fixed penalty of £50 or up to £2,500.

It comes as the Government announced plans to amend the Children & Families Bill in relation to legislation to combat young people smoking.

Mr Dougal went on: "In the interests of the efficient and effective management of legislation the Northern Ireland Executive and Northern Ireland Assembly might choose to utilise this bill to enforce these safeguards in Northern Ireland at a much earlier time.

"In all four legislative bodies in the United Kingdom a common aim is at all costs to protect the health of our children and of generations to come."

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5 Comments
Ryan in An Dun wrote (179 days ago):
I used to be a smoker. I'm off them over a year now. I just went cold turkey. I think with all the evidence available at what smoking does people are mad to start smoking. It's hard for smokers to give up because of the addictive make up of the cigarette. Death of family members really does give you a kick. This e cig defiantly shouldn't be sold to under 18s. But if people under 18 want to fill their lungs with position then they will find away of getting them. They aren't going to take the risk of getting caught with e cigs. They will chance it buying real ones.
anthony in co.down wrote (181 days ago):
I dont agree with these e cigs at all they are a total waste of money i have tried them but ended up smoking both ecig and my own brand of cigarettes there is only one way of quit smoking and that is simply just stop doing it i thought it was impossible but its not with the help of reading a simple book called easyway to stop smoking by allen carr it worked me and 5 other members of my family what have you got to lose do it for yourself and for your loveones.
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (181 days ago):
Anti ciggy now there going anti e ciggy ! Its a crazy world ! If they wanna smoke let them smoke !
Colin in Belfast wrote (181 days ago):
More addictive than heroin? This charity just lost all credibility.
Paul in Belfast wrote (181 days ago):
Great idea. We need to sell the under 18 's tobacco as all adults will be on e -cigarettes. These items are a dangrous as a cup of coffee. Government worried about tax loss?????
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