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Tobacco Free Ireland annual report 2015.


Department of Health Tobacco and Alcohol Control Unit

Subject Keywords: Smoking
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

A high level action plan for Tobacco Free Ireland was published in March 2015. One of the actions committed the Department of Health’s Tobacco and Alcohol Control Unit (DOH TACU) to publish an annual report on the implementation of the actions outlined. An update on the status of each action to the end of 2014 is outlined in the table below, along with a 2015 update. Considerable progress has been made and the action plan is being implemented as published. Whilst there is substantial detail in the updates provided, some of the key achievements in 2015 were:

-  the commencement of legislation which will protect children from second hand smoke in cars,

-  the development of legislation to provide for standardised packaging of tobacco products,

-  the engagement with the European Commission to facilitate implementation of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive,

-  the continuation of an annual Healthy Ireland Survey and the Health Behaviour in School Children Study which will give up-to-date reliable data on the prevalence of smoking throughout the whole population,

-  the commissioning of the economic cost of smoking in Ireland report,

-  the further development by the HSE of the QUIT campaign and the enhancement of supports for smokers who wish to stop smoking,

-  the engagement of Healthy Ireland with changing social norms around smoking,  the proactive involvement of the NGO sector in supporting Tobacco Free Ireland actions, and

-  the increase in price of tobacco products in Budget 2016.





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Suggested citation:

Department of Health Tobacco and Alcohol Control Unit. (2017) Tobacco Free Ireland annual report 2015. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 24th February 2020].


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