Australia became the first country ever to introduce a mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products in the world. Ever since then, Australia’s actions have become a wide topic for many other nations of the world. Many countries have expressed great interest in following Australia’s lead and now it would seem that Ireland will become the second country to pass the tobacco plain packaging law.
Smoking has become a great concern to many people around the world due to its health risks and the effects it has on the human body. In fact, most human deaths are caused by lung and respiratory problems. Unfortunately, smokers are not the only ones who are susceptible to the dangers of smoking, so are non-smokers. Secondhand smoking is one of the leading causes of respiratory diseases like cancer. The concern with the dangers of smoking have now also reached the governments of different countries and nations.
If Ireland is to pass the plain packaging law, then it will become the first country in the European Union to do so, as well as the second country in the world following Australia.
“We are creating legislation which will be historic and will be of real importance to the area of public health.” James Reilly, the minister for children, said.
The bill is to be sent to the office of the President after it goes through technical voting which is to be done on the Upper House next week. Assuming that the law is passed, it would take effect on the year 2017, when all of the existing packaging has been removed from sale.
This will allow the banning of logos, colors and brands as the packaging will be replaced with a plain background along with health warnings.
Britain has also expressed outpouring support with the idea as they will soon be also introducing the same law with plain packaging.
Ireland’s decision and action have prompted many tobacco companies to oppose the legislation and have even threatened the city of Dublin with legal action to protect their rights.
Minister Reilly, however, is not intimidated by their threats.