Plain cigarette packets in Ireland
Ireland will become the first EU country to sell cigarettes in plain packs. The new law is expected to come into force next year.
Dr James Reilly, the Irish government minister said the new law would help reduce the 5,200 smoking-related deaths in his country each year.
The Irish government led the world by banning smoking in pubs and restaurants in 2004. Smoking is prohibited in Irish workplaces, all enclosed public places and public transport.
According to the plan, cigarettes brand names will be presented in packs of one plain color, which is yet to be specified.