Saturday September 19, 2020

Vaping firms not the ‘plucky outsiders’ they appear to be

Minister for Health Simon Harris has expressed concern at the vaping industry’s concerted lobbying, writes Barry J Whyte

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
13th October, 2019
A handheld battery-powered vaporiser: the more scientific evidence that emerges, the more it becomes clear that vaping is by no means harm-free Pic: PA

Simon Harris took issue with Big Tobacco last week and, in doing so, left several of his Oireachtas colleagues with something to think about.

At an Oireachtas health committee hearing earlier this month, he told the committee members he was “appalled at the number of Oireachtas members who ask me to meet representatives of vaping companies”. He added: “I will never meet them. So members – I am not referring to anyone in this room...

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