The Office of Tobacco Control (OTC) is currently recruiting minors for research to measure national compliance with tobacco legislation.
Minors between 14 and 17 years will be recruited to measure compliance by retail stores, while teens aged from 15 to 17 years will measure compliance with tobacco legislation by licensed premises. A spokesperson for the OTC said the new survey would gather data on the packaging of tobacco, smoking by minors and sales of tobacco to those under age.
Selling tobacco products to under-18s is illegal under Section 45 of the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002. The research will measure national compliance by tobacco retailers and licensed premises with sales of cigarettes to minors legislation, point of sale legislation and retail registration requirements.
The research must also assess compliance with the Public Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002-2009, which state retailers cannot have tobacco products on display and that there must be no in-store advertising of tobacco.
The OTC is currently inviting tenders for the design, development and delivery of the research.