Dáil Éireann - Volume 410 - 02 July, 1991
Written Answers. - No Smoking Aids.
Miss Flaherty Miss Flaherty
184. Miss Flaherty asked the Minister for Health the reason smoking patches and chewing gum, which are used to wean people from smoking, are not available on the medical card.
Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon) Rory O'Hanlon
Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): The general medical services scheme provides prescribed drugs and medicines free of charge for the treatment of persons  with medical cards who would otherwise experience hardship in the provision of these items.
It is not considered that smoking patches and chewing gum are medical necessities whose purchase is likely to cause hardship to medical card patients.
Dáil Éireann 410 Written Answers. No Smoking Aids.