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 annual report highlights key achievements and milestones of Tobacco Free Ireland. Some of the key achievements in 2017 were:
- The recognition by the WHO of the Department of Health’s outstanding contribution to tobacco control in its World No Tobacco Day Awards,
- The completion of legislation to provide for standardised packaging of tobacco products,
- The transposition of European Commission Implementing Acts arising from the Tobacco Products Directive, continued engagement with the HSE and the European Commission in relation to the implementation of the Directive, participation in the development of European Commission Implementing Acts on traceability and security feature systems for tobacco products,
- 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 publication of HIQA Health Technology Assessment of smoking cessation,
- The development by the HSE of the new QUIT campaign and the enhancement of supports for smokers who wish to stop smoking, and
- The increase in the price of tobacco products in Budget 2018.
IPH has worked extensively on tobacco in the past and continues to do so:
- On June 12th 2018, IPH facilitated a high level policy dialogue on tobacco use inequalities, building on learning from a workshop at the World No Tobacco Day conference. This policy dialogue is in partnership with CHRODIS+, the European Joint Action on health promotion and disease prevention.
- In March 2017, IPH published a snapshot report on smoke-free spaces on the island of Ireland. This snapshot report presents a brief overview of progress on the development of smoke-free spaces on the island of Ireland.
- In 2013, IPH published “A Tobacco-Free Future: An all-island report on tobacco, inequalities and childhood. Access the report here.
- In 2021 Ireland will host the World Conference on Tobacco or Health. IPH will partner the DoH for this event.