Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health
General Scheme of the Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill 2019: Department of Health
No problem at all. Could I have Deputy Durkan next, please? How are you, Deputy Durkan? You are still on mute. Maybe we should leave you like that, should we? You can hear me. You are still on mute. Will you put on a headset, Deputy Durkan, if you have one? I am sorry about this. That is still not working, Deputy Durkan. Do you want to come down if you are in your office and maybe I will continue with some questions of my own? You want to do that. Okay.
While we are waiting, I will come in with a couple of questions. In the scoping note we got, one of the issues and one of the worrying trends is that, for the first time in 25 years, smoking among young people between the ages of 15 and 16, a key age period for smoking initiation, has increased. When was this research carried out? Did this happen last year?