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10th Nov 2023

Vapes reportedly sent for analysis after four teens fall ill at Cork school

Stephen Porzio

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Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances of the “medical incident”.

A number of vapes and e-cigarettes have been reportedly sent for analysis by Gardaí to Forensic Science Ireland after four teens fell ill at a school in Cork this week.

In a statement, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána revealed that officers are investigating all the circumstances of a “medical incident” that occurred on Wednesday morning (8 November) at a school in Fermoy.

At around 10am, Gardaí say they received a report that four boys had fallen ill.

The youths were subsequently “assessed by ambulance crews at the scene and no further immediate medical treatment was warranted”.

“As a result of Garda enquiries related to this incident, a number of searches were conducted at a commercial premises and residences in the Fermoy area on Thursday, 9 November where items of potentially evidential value were seized,” the spokesperson added.

“Some of the items seized will be sent to Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) for further analysis.”

vapesVapes reportedly sent for analysis after four teens fall ill at Cork school

RTÉ News has since reported that the items seized were vapes and e-cigarettes and that Gardaí have launched an investigation to find the cause of the teens’ illness.

The statement from An Garda Síochána featured a link to HSE guidance and safety advice on vaping, as well as links to information about cannabis-infused edibles from Garda.ie, HSE.ie and FSAI.ie.

“Gardaí are appealing for any person with information that can assist with their investigation to contact Fermoy Garda station on 025 82100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station,” the Garda spokesperson also said.

Earlier in the week, meanwhile, the Dáil passed legislation banning the sale of vaping products to those under 18.

After the bill was passed, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said: “It’ll go into the Seanad shortly. I’m hoping the President will then sign it and I hope to have it in law before Christmas.”

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