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 Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I might make one point by way of light illustration. There was mention of the influence of films, with actors smoking and so on. Ben Affleck had a film about the release of hostages from Iran, where the plan was to disguise a crowd of people as actors and to get them out of the country that way. He smoked wall to wall and floor to ceiling throughout the film. I almost choked looking at him. That is a relatively new film, released in 2012, and it got through the production companies somehow. It is a good film - there is no doubt about that - but that was the sting in the tail.


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