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

Photo of Colm BurkeColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

The point I am making about the warning is that in Finland, you cannot bring cigarettes into the country unless the warning is both in Finnish and Swedish. If you want to bring in a product that contains a warning that is only in English or Spanish, for example, you will not be allowed to bring it in. They have limited the number of cigarettes that can be brought in to 200 per person.

The figures for the 12-month period in 2020 are interesting as they demonstrate how the sale of products in this country increased by over 150 million, which gives a clear indication of the amount of product that is coming in that is not on the record, as such. It is the first indication that we have got as to the extent of those goods coming in.


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