Updated figures on the uptake and performance of smoking cessation services in Northern Ireland are now available. Data are available for the four-week follow-up period for people reporting to smoking cessation services in 2017/18 and for the 52-week follow-up for those who signed up in 2016/17.
The Department of Health in Ireland has published the Tobacco Free Ireland annual report for 2017. The annual report is one of the high level actions of the Tobacco Free Ireland action plan developed in 2015. Tobacco Free Ireland was created in 2013 under the Healthy Ireland framework and sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free by 2025 (tobacco use ≤5%).
The Royal College of Physicians in the UK releases a new report on smoking cessation – Hiding in Plain Sight
A new report has been published by the Royal College of Physicians in the UK calling on the NHS to implement radical changes in the way they approach smoking cessation services. Hiding in Plain Sight concludes that addressing tobacco use while patients are in hospital will save lives, increase life expectancy and reduce the economic burden caused by tobacco.
- Every week smoking causes 100 deaths and over 1,000 hospital admissions in Ireland -
- Working towards Tobacco Free Ireland 2025 goal of less than 5% smoking prevalence -
The spotlight is firmly on World No Tobacco Day (today, Thursday 31st May), with Tobacco Free Ireland partners holding a conference to support communities to mobilise and take action to drive towards achieving the Tobacco Free Ireland 2025 goal of less than 5% smoking prevalence in Ireland.
World No Tobacco Day 2018 - Landmark report on State of Tobacco Control in Ireland launched at national conference in Dublin
To mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on 31 May, leaders from the Tobacco Free Ireland strategy are hosting a national conference “Mobilising Communities Towards a Tobacco Free Ireland” at Farmleigh in Dublin. The relationship between tobacco and heart disease is the global theme of the 2018 World No Tobacco Day.
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.