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. This event will be highlighting data and research on smoking in Ireland and discussing key challenges in reaching the Tobacco Free Ireland goal of having less than 5% of the population smoking by 2025.
The event will see Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD launch a landmark report “State of Tobacco Control in Ireland”. This report highlights that:
- Every week smoking causes 100 deaths and over 1,000 hospital episodes.
- 1-in-5 deaths are due to smoking; 4-in-10 respiratory disease-related deaths and 3-in-10 cancer-related deaths are due to smoking.
- The estimated annual cost of smoking to the State including welfare costs is €10.7 billion
- A social gradient in smoking is clear, with smoking less common among those from more affluent groups (13% to 16%) compared to those from less well-off groups (27% to 33%).
IPH Director of Policy, Dr. Helen McAvoy will be facilitating a workshop at the event specifically addressing tobacco use and health Inequalities. This workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges to reducing higher rates of smoking among socially disadvantaged or vulnerable communities.
IPH has an extensive portfolio of policy support work on tobacco on the island of Ireland.
- On June 12 2018, IPH will facilitate a high level policy dialogue on tobacco use inequalities, building on learning from today’s 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 2017, IPH published a snapshop report on 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.