THE IRISH parliament, the Dail, has recently passed legislation giving ministers to the power to ban the advertising or display of tobacco products in shops. Ireland is the first state within the EU to agree such a regulation, a move which may encourage similar policies in other Member States. Under the new Tobacco Act, passed before the country's recent general election, registered retailers will no longer be able to have cigarettes in view of customers and nor will people be able to buy cigarettes in vending machines unless in a club or ...

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