Now available: Final Review of NI Tobacco Control Strategy and reports on mental health and smoking, second-hand smoke exposure, and stakeholder engagement

The Institute of Public Health has today published a series of reports relating to an end of term review of the 10-year Tobacco Control Strategy in Northern Ireland (2012-2022).
Today the Department of Health in Northern Ireland published a final review of the 10-year Tobacco Control Strategy (2012-2022).
Professor Sir Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, said the final review reflected on the achievements and progress made in relation to tobacco control since 2012, highlighting remaining challenges and setting out further considerations for the development of a successor strategy.
He also signalled that work would commence on a successor strategy, which will be co-produced with stakeholders and will seek to address remaining and new, emerging challenges. 

As part of the review, stakeholder engagement was undertaken by IPH in 2022 using a structured and facilitated workshop and a post workshop survey. Access the report 


Also published today was a report by IPH examining the relationship between mental health and smoking in Northern Ireland. It found that around one in three people who smoke in Northern Ireland has a possible psychiatric disorder. Access the report 


Separately, a new report assesses the progress made in reducing second hand-smoke exposure in NI. IPH engaged experts Professor Sean Semple and Dr Rachel O’Donnell from the Institute for Social Marketing and Health at the University of Stirling to conduct a secondary analysis of data, which found that significant progress has been made under the NI Tobacco Control Strategy.  Access the report 



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