The 18th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) will be held in Dublin, Ireland in March 2021. The news was announced at the closing of the 17th WCTOH in Cape Town, South Africa on March 09. The conference unites researchers, academics, non-governmental organisations, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and public officials working on all aspects of tobacco control from more than 100 countries. IPH contributed to the committee that bid to host this event and is delighted to have been part of this successful process.
From the first of October 2017, standardized packaging of tobacco will be rolled out in the Republic of Ireland. Packs can only be sold where they comply with rules set out in the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015 including that the pack has no logos or branding and a neutral plain colour. There will be a ‘wash-out’ period as those packs issued before the first of October are sold.
Today (Wednesday, 31 May) is World No Tobacco Day and this year’s theme is protect health, reduce poverty and promote development.
Previous IPH Smoke-Free Publications
IPH has published a number of reports on creating a smoke-free island over recent years:
IPH Press Release: Report highlights that less than one-in-five adults in Republic of Ireland exposed to second-hand smoke daily
Challenges remain in terms of exposure to second-hand smoke in the home particularly for some children and subsequent impact on health inequalities
A new snapshot report – an update on a report published in 2016 – highlights that less than one-in-five adults in the Republic of Ireland are exposed to second-hand smoke daily. Challenges remain in terms of significant exposure to second-hand smoke in the home particularly for some children and subsequent impact on health inequalities.
IPH supports the Departments of Health in the implementation of tobacco control policies across the island of Ireland and more broadly in the promotion of smoke-free spaces
The RoI Health Service Executive (HSE) QUIT campaign began in 2011, prompting hundreds of thousands of quit attempts and giving free personal support to tens of thousands of quitters. Since the campaign started, the numbers of smokers in Ireland has dropped by over 125,000, many prompted to quit by our iconic ‘1 in 2’ messages, delivered with such power and impact by the late Gerry Collins.
New World Health Organization report on the use of law in the prevention of non-communicable disease
A new report entitled “Key considerations for the use of law to prevent non-communicable diseases in the WHO European Region” will be a useful resource for policy makers and advocacy groups working on prevention.
The 2015 Annual Report on the Tobacco Free Ireland Action Plan has been published. Tobacco Free Ireland was launched under the Healthy Ireland framework in 2013 and sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free (that is, with a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5%) by the year 2025.
IPH welcome the final Seanad debate on standardised packaging of tobacco in the Republic of Ireland. The debate is scheduled for 01 Feb 2017.