Combined Text and Photo Warnings on Tobacco Products to be Introduced by Minister Following Consultation

13 May 2008

The Minister for Health and Children, Ms. Mary Harney T.D., is to introduce legislation to allow for the introduction of combined text and photo warnings on tobacco products.

The European Commission indicated in the 2001 Directive on the Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco Products that they would adopt rules for the use of colour photographs to depict the health consequences of smoking. These provisions are set out in the Commission Decisions on the use of colour photographs as health warnings on tobacco packages. The Decisions are available at:http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph_determinants/life_style/Tobacco/legal_smoking_prevention_tobacco_en.htm

Pre-testing of the 42 images in the EU library has already been conducted and the 14 warnings to be used on the Irish market have been identified. (A copy of the selected images can be found on our website ( www.dohc.ie).

Pre-testing of the 42 images in the EU library has already been conducted and the 14 warnings to be used on the Irish market have been identified. (A copy of the selected images can be found on our website ( www.dohc.ie).

Submissions should be forwarded by post to Public Consultation, Tobacco Control Unit, Department of Health & Children, Hawkins House, Dublin 2 or by e-mail to tobaccoconsultation@health.irlgov.ie. Closing date for receipt of submissions is 5.30pm on Friday 20th June 2008.

Please note all submissions are subject to the Freedom of Information Acts.