The main law governing smoking and selling tobacco in Ireland is the Public Health or Tobacco Act enabled in 2002. The Irish Tobacco Act has been amended several times, last time in 2010 when the Office of Tobacco Control was replaced by the Health Service Executive. Tobacco companies in Ireland are the ones establishing the advertising and marketing regulations. However, they are supervised by the Health Service Executive when it comes to complying with the legal requirements regarding the sale of tobacco products.
The legislation requires Irish companies to sell cigarettes in packages containing no less than 20 cigarettes. Irish companies are also allowed to sell imported tobacco products as long as they display on the package information about the nicotine, tar and carbon levels. Tobacco packages must also contain health warnings in English. Companies selling tobacco products in Ireland must also select the appropriate NACE code from the Nomenclature of Economic Activities within Section D, subsection DA 16.00 for manufacturing tobacco products.
Beginning with 2009, Irish companies selling tobacco must comply with the following requirements:
All companies selling tobacco are required to register with the Health Service Executive in Ireland by paying an application fee. Our Irish consultants in company registration may guide you through the application procedure.
According to the Tobacco Act, Irish tobacco companies are allowed to install self-service vending machines in registered clubs or other licensed sites only. The vending machines must be located in sight and proximity of employees of the location and must be activated by a card or chip which can only be procured from an employee.
For information about the requirements for opening a tobacco company, please contact our specialists in company formation in Ireland.