Written answers

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Department of Health

Tobacco Control Measures

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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175. To ask the Minister for Health his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding cigarette selling licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47303/13]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Minister, Department of Health; Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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Currently under Irish Tobacco Control Legislation a retailer wishing to sell tobacco products must register with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and be placed on the Retail Register for the sale of tobacco products. Under the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2002 as amended the HSE may charge a fee as may be determined by the Minister for Health. To date this has been a once off fee of €50 per applicant. The Government proposes to increase the Retail Register fee during 2014 in the context of legislation to provide for the licensing of the sale of tobacco products as outlined in Tobacco Free Ireland which was approved by Government in July of this year.

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