There have been some murmurings in the media that Ireland is planning to ban Disposable Vapes?
I was first made aware of this by a Tweet from the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) Ireland.
— NNA Ireland (@IrelandNna) October 17, 2022
According to the BreakingNewsie website there is to be a public consultation over a number of months on the subject of banning disposables.
“I know that you can never completely ban a product; there are always ways to find your way around it. But we’re at the stage now where it is the default option. It’s half the price of a cigarette, you can just go out and buy them.
“And I think that people do want the reassurance from Government if they are buying a vaping product and putting it into their lungs that this is something that is certified that they know the quantity of nicotine that’s inside them, but you wouldn’t know if you just bought some random product on the internet.”
Mr Smyth said there would have to be a formal public consultation before any ban could take place.
He also appeared on Newstalk Breakfast and made the following comments according to the Joe.ie website…
“I’ve no problem with vaping. I can see that it’s something where you recharge your vape and you put liquid in and you reuse it again and again.
“But what’s emerged in the last year has been this idea of a single-use vape.
“You buy this thing, it’s got everything in it – the battery, the vape liquid, it’s a plastic tube – and when you’re finished, typically people are often throwing them on the ground.
“I think this is a product that actually just needs to be banned completely.”
“But I think this is an example of an innovation that is really making the world a worse place,” he also said.
“The idea that you would buy a product that’s very attractive to children, tastes like bubblegum, you smoke on it for maybe 50 drags and then it just gets thrown on the ground.
“And it contains valuable materials: lithium-ion battery, electronics, copper, plastic.
“I think it’s really the opposite of everything we’re trying to do.”
— Laura Young (@LessWasteLaura) October 13, 2022
However, our planet also needs to be protected. Some vape shops have recycling bins for you to drop your empties into & many manufacturers accept returned empties for responsible recycling. Use these options! Responsible recycling options are the solution.
— Respect Vapers (@RespectVapers) October 21, 2022
As there have been no solid dates or deadlines mentioned I guess it is just a case of “Wait and see”…