Ireland Plans to Restrict Smoking to 5% by 2025
The Irish Health Minister aims to turn Ireland into a state where less than 5% of the population smokes by 2025.
James Reilly, the minister of Health of Republic of Ireland published on Friday a plan advocating 60 measures to significantly restrict smoking in the state over the next 12 years, announced BBC.
The measures include on-the-spot fines for violating smoking laws, ban on smoking in cars, ban on all self-service cigarette vending machines, a greater regulation of tobacco retailers, and greater restrictions on cigarettes selling outlets among others.
The plan has been prepared with the assistance of 12 health experts.
Ireland first introduced a total ban on smoking in the workplace and partially in clubs and pubs in 2004.
Research on smoking has estimated that up to 3,700 smoking-related deaths were prevented since 2004.