Electronic cigarettes will become legal in Ireland, as part of a wider regulatory crackdown, according to the country’s Department of Health.
The move comes amid concerns about tobacco use among some young people.
It is also seen as a bid to cut down on the number of deaths in Ireland from the deadly epidemic.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) said it was considering legalising e-cigarettes in Ireland as part.
It said that as of now, no plans had been put in place to introduce them in Ireland.
The Government said the legislation will allow the sale of electronic cigarettes, which can be smoked, inhaled or swallowed, for use in a range of activities including leisure, work, leisure activities and personal use.
It also plans to create a new legal class of electronic cigarette called e-cigarette liquid nicotine products, which will be available for purchase.
“E-cigarettes will be the latest technology to make it easier for people to smoke cigarettes, to be used safely and without harmful chemicals,” Health Minister James Reilly said.
“The Government has committed to ensuring the Government’s strategy to end the epidemic is successful and that it does not discourage people from smoking or vaping.” “
Mr Reilly said the Government would consult with all stakeholders, including health and tobacco companies. “
The Government has committed to ensuring the Government’s strategy to end the epidemic is successful and that it does not discourage people from smoking or vaping.”
Mr Reilly said the Government would consult with all stakeholders, including health and tobacco companies.
The legislation comes amid warnings from health experts that e-cig use among young people could be a growing problem.
E-cigarette manufacturers are also under increasing pressure to introduce new products, as there is increasing pressure from the tobacco industry to remove any trace of the addictive substance nicotine.
The HSE said that if there is a demand for e-liquid in Ireland then it would be a good opportunity to introduce it.
It will be up to the Health Service Commissioners to determine if there are sufficient requirements for e,v,l e-cigs, which would include testing and the availability of nicotine.
It added that e cigarettes were a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, and that there would be no need to change the definition of smoking or the laws to allow e-vapor to be sold.