The most widely consumed tobacco product in the world is now banned in Ireland after a public health crisis was triggered by an outbreak of a deadly form of respiratory disease.
Key points:The Irish government has banned all new commercial skittle brands from being sold in supermarkets and pubs until further noticeHealth officials say skittling is the most common form of smoking in Ireland as well as contributing to the countrys smoking problemThe ban applies to all products sold in Ireland for at least a yearSource: The Irish Time article The government has imposed a ban on all new skittlenets, including the most popular type of commercial cigarettes, because of a coronavirus outbreak.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) said it had notified all retailers of the ban.
Skittles are popular in Ireland because of their sweet and tangy taste.
They were originally made in Britain but now are produced and sold in the country.
The new ban means that all new products sold at Irish retailers will be banned for a year.
Skittle products have been banned from the EU since 2020, although Ireland has always had a preferential trade deal with the bloc.
The government says that skittlets are a key part of the country’s economy and contribute to the Irelands smoking crisis.
The ban has caused controversy.
The health ministry said it wanted to make sure the products sold as skittels were safe.
“The health of the Irish people is paramount, and it is unacceptable that the health of thousands of children has been put at risk because of the sale of a product that is not regulated and therefore not subject to any health testing,” said a spokesperson for the department.