Could US lawsuit have repercussions in Ireland?
22nd JULY 2014
In a landmark decision, a Florida jury awarded the widow of a
chain smoker record punitive damages of more than €17bn against
America's second-biggest cigarette maker, RJ Reynolds.
Professor Luke Clancy hopes the decision will stimulate the
Government and individuals not to be afraid of taking on the
Minister James Reilly commented, ""This is a landmark decision
in the United States. According to the lawyers for the plaintiffs,
the tobacco firms are putting the lives of innocent people in
jeopardy by not properly informing them of the health hazards.
The Irish Government is determined that we will introduce plain
packaging in an effort to make sure that citizens recognise the
very grave dangers of smoking tobacco."
Call to ban all smoking in cars
22nd JULY 2014
The law that has been proposed would make it illegal for any
driver or passenger in a vehicle to smoke when children under 16
Professor Luke Clancy said that he is "all in favour of the
current proposal" but that "I believe it would have a better chance
of working if it was a total ban.
"[A car] is like an enclosed box, so you are inhaling a lot of
toxins in a very small area. The level of toxins can be far higher
than you would find in a busy pub in the bad old days."
Last week the Welsh government announced it will be shortly
introducing a ban on smoking in cars carrying children, and similar
laws are already in place in parts of the US, Australia and
Minister James Reilly and Professor Luke Clancy
It's official: Ireland will be the first country in the EU to
bring in plain packaging on cigarettes
Cigarette packets will no longer be a mobile advertisement for
the tobacco industry
The Government has approved the publication of plain packaging
legislation, but cigarette companies have already indicated that
they plan to take legal action to stop the move from going
Minister Reilly said that one of his key goals in his role is to
prevent young people from starting to smoke, saying "the
introduction of standardised packaging will remove the final way
for tobacco companies to promote their deadly product in
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