IPH welcome the opportunity to respond to the NI consultation on regulations to restrict smoking in private vehicles when children are present. The draft regulations proposed that the existing leglislation, as set out in the Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, will be extended so that it will be an offence to: smoke in a private vehicle with someone under 18 present; and to fail to prevent smoking in a private vehicle with someone under 18 present. Similar legislation was enacted in the Republic of Ireland in March 2016.
Reducing second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure has become a central component of tobacco control policies across the island of Ireland. The expansion of smoke-free spaces directly reduces exposure of children and adults and further denormalises tobacco use in a variety of social contexts. Challenges remain in terms of persistent health inequalities and significant exposure to SHS in the home, particularly in the context of children. This snapshot report presents a brief overview of progress on the development of smoke-free spaces on the island of Ireland.
HEALTH experts are urging people who are looking to quit smoking for the New Year not to go ‘cold turkey’ and to seek support from free quit services available.
Research shows that stop smoking services, like HSE’s QUIT service, makes your twice as likely to quit for good.
Support services, in combination with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and stop smoking medications, makes you tree to four times more likely to quit.
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) has welcomed the latest publication of Northern Ireland’s Health Survey 2017/18 which release information on the health behaviours of the population.
The survey of 3,355 people aged 16 and over living in Northern Ireland gives an overview of lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, alcohol consumption and general health.
Some of the key findings include;
Updated figures on the uptake and performance of smoking cessation services in Northern Ireland are now available. Data are available for the four-week follow-up period for people reporting to smoking cessation services in 2017/18 and for the 52-week follow-up for those who signed up in 2016/17.
The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has published figures on smoking prevalence by National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NSSEC3) (measure of employment relations and conditions of occupations) for the period 2010/11 to 2016/17.
The Royal College of Physicians in the UK releases a new report on smoking cessation – Hiding in Plain Sight
A new report has been published by the Royal College of Physicians in the UK calling on the NHS to implement radical changes in the way they approach smoking cessation services. Hiding in Plain Sight concludes that addressing tobacco use while patients are in hospital will save lives, increase life expectancy and reduce the economic burden caused by tobacco.
World No Tobacco Day 2018 - Landmark report on State of Tobacco Control in Ireland launched at national conference in Dublin
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.
IPH supports UK National No Smoking Day 2018. The Public Health Agency is running a 'Proud to be a Quitter' campaign and has teamed up with voluntary sector organisations, pharmacists, community and HSC Trust stop smoking service providers, and the local No Smoking Day Coordinating Committee to urge smokers to quit on 14 March by seeking the help of their local stop smoking service.