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Ireland: HnB, oral tobacco and nicotine pouch regulation, June 2022

The Republic of Ireland transposed the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into national law in 2016. Heated tobacco products are considered as smokeless novel tobacco products. Tobacco for oral use, including snus, cannot be sold in Ireland. Nicotine pouches are not specifically regulated, but they fall under the scope of the 2008 Poisons Regulations. The government’s five-year plan aims to further restrict heated tobacco but does not address nicotine pouches.

This report sums up all the efforts made by the Ministry of Health, alone or in collaboration with other ministries, in order to reduce the consumption of tobacco products. It offers a detailed overview of the current regulatory regime in place in Ireland for heated tobacco, oral tobacco and nicotine pouches, and predicts any future changes to those regulations.



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Laura Garay Gómez

Legal analyst
Laura holds a Master’s degree in Public Law from the University of Seville, Spain, where she mainly specialised in International Law and Administrative Law and a Master's degree in Law and Legal Practice from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She has also studied International and European Law at the University of Helsinki, Finland, under the Erasmus Programme. She has worked as an intern at the ACO Office of Legal Affairs for NATO in Mons, Belgium; as international entity management coordinator for a multinational in Warsaw, Poland; and as legal assistant in a law firm in Seville. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Roman law in modern European legal history at the University of Seville.

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