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HSE report reveals numbers of smokers dropped by 70,000 in 2014

18 February 2015

HSE report reveals numbers of smokers dropped by 70,000 in 2014

Today is National No Smoking Day and also sees the release of the Health Service Executive (HSE) ‘Smoking in Ireland 2014’ report.  The reduction of 70,000 smokers in 2014 is the largest annual drop in smoking prevalence in Ireland since 2009.  Furthermore, uptake of QUIT Team support services has doubled.  Dave Molloy, National Tobacco Lead for the HSE commented; ‘this shows that the comprehensive range of tobacco control measures implemented in Ireland are working.’  Ireland has set a target of being effectively smoke-free – <5% prevalence – by 2025 as set out in the Tobacco Free Ireland policy.  Current tobacco control measures include smoke-free workplace and point-of-sale legislation, with upcoming plans to introduce standardised packaging and protect children from second-hand smoke in cars. 

 

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