IRELAND is set to become the first country in Europe to ban branded cigarette packets. The Seanad passed the plain packaging law yesterday, which also makes it illegal to sell cigarettes in lipstick-style containers designed for female smokers []Marlboro Menthol[/url].

The Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 requires the removal of all industry marketing from tobacco packaging.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, is to be congratulated in holding fast against a series of broadsides from the tobacco industry against the move.

Announcing the measures, he said: interests of public health will be served when children decide never to take up smoking in the first place and if smokers are persuaded to quit []Newport Cigarettes Website[/url]. We have a duty to prevent our children from being lured into a killer addiction. Reilly joins former health minister Miche Martin in taking on the might of the tobacco giants []Marlboro Cigarettes[/url].

While in that portfolio, Mr Reilly came in for a great deal of criticism []Newport Cigarettes[/url], mostly from the media. It is important, therefore, that we recognise a job well done []Marlboro Lights[/url].

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