A Cavan Senator says "something needs to be done" on the regulation of e-cigarette shops.
Senator Diarmuid Wilson recently spoke on the issue in the Seanad, calling for the Government to "strike a balance" between the potential benefits of e-cigarettes for adult smokers trying to quit and the risks that more non-smokers, particularly young children, will start vaping.
Senator Wilson claimed there is evidence that children aged as young as ten and upwards are vaping.
He also made note of research carried out by the HRB in 2020 which suggested that adolescents who used an e-cigarette were "three to five times more likely" to start smoking than those who did not.
As a result of this, Senator Wilson believes the ban on sales of e-cigarettes to minors and the sales licensing system are measures that are needed.
He added that a ban on cigarette flavours, which are believed to appeal largely to children and young adults, should also be adopted.