Leading Cause of Preventable Death

Towards a Tobacco Free Ireland

Tobacco Free Ireland

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Ireland. Each year at least 5,500 people die from diseases caused by tobacco use.

Tobacco Free Ireland (TFI) was launched in October 2013. It sets a target for Ireland to have a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5% by 2025, effectively making the country a tobacco free society.

TFI contains over 60 recommendations which address a wide range of tobacco control issues and initiatives. The main objectives that the policy set out to achieve are:

  • Protection of children and denormalisation of tobacco use in Ireland.
  • Legislative compliance and regulating the retail environment.go-to-home-page-TFC
  • Monitoring tobacco use and prevalence.
  • Protect people from tobacco smoke.
  • Offer help to quit tobacco use.
  • Warn about the dangers of tobacco.
  • Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
  • Raise taxes on tobacco products.

This short video explains the recently introduced ban on smoking in cars where children are present.

The Tobacco Free Ireland policy can be viewed at http://health.gov.ie

The Tobacco Free Ireland Annual Report 2015 is available here.

For more information, and help and advice on how to quit smoking, visit www.quit.ie

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