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The rate of underage smoking in Ireland decreased, but the use of e-cigarettes increased

2021/07/12|Knowledge

According to foreign reports, according to data from around the world, a study by NUI Galway (nuig) health promotion research center shows that Irish minors smoke less, but more and more use e-cigarettes.

The report surveyed the health behaviors of school-age children from 1998 to 2018 and found that although there are more people smoking e-cigarettes now than in the past, only 5.3% of Irish children aged 10 to 17 said they were smokers in 2018, compared with 22.6% in 1998.

The compiled data indicate other positive health trends, with more than half of the children surveyed saying they exercise regularly and use less drugs three years ago than in the past.

As of May 2020, menthol cigarettes, cigarettes and irregularly shaped cigarettes (such as long and thin rolls) have been banned in Ireland. The move is part of the four-year phase out period of the EU tobacco products directive (TPD), which came into force in May 2014 and applied across the EU in May 2016.

Professor des Cox, chairman of the tobacco policy group at the Royal College of physicians in Ireland, said he supported the ban because menthol made it easier to start smoking.

"Good research shows that young people often start smoking through menthol cigarettes, because they find menthol cigarettes more attractive, they find them less irritating, and they think they are more delicious, so this is a way for them to start smoking regularly. In addition, today's cigarette companies have targeted these products at women, so we strongly believe that they should be banned and welcome the government's decision to push forward this legislation. " Cox said.

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