IPH supports the Departments of Health in the implementation of tobacco control policies across the island of Ireland and more broadly in the promotion of smoke-free spaces
- Northern Ireland
The 10 Year Tobacco Control Strategy for Northern Ireland, published in 2012, has three main objectives: fewer people smoking; more smokers quitting; and protection from second hand smoke. IPH continues to contribute to the implementation of the Northern Ireland 10 Year Tobacco Control Strategy through its representation on the Research and Information Workstream.
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.
Smoke-free spaces 2015 – Progress in reducing second-hand smoke exposure in Northern Ireland incorporating the five year review of the workplace smoking ban.
Tobacco Control Northern Ireland was produced by Health Intelligence, Public Health Agency, 2015. This report provides an overview of smoking prevalence, its impact on health, e-cigarette usage, second-hand smoke exposure as well as approaches by the tobacco industry to increase the uptake of smoking[JP1] .
Statistics on smoking prevalence among adults aged 16+ in Northern Ireland are available from Health Survey Northern Ireland. The report includes current prevalence rates including e-cigarettes, tobacco use trends and data on smoking cessation.
Data on smoking patterns among children and young people aged 11-16 years are available from the Young Persons Behaviour and Attitudes Survey. This report covers ever smoking attempts, current smoker rates, e-cigarette use and second-hand smoke exposure.
Statistics on smoking cessation services are available from the Department of Health. This data includes success rates of quit attempts and use of therapeutic interventions.
- Republic of Ireland
In the Republic of Ireland, Tobacco Free Ireland is a flagship policy under the Healthy Ireland framework. Tobacco Free Ireland sets a target for the Republic of Ireland to have a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5% by 2025, effectively making the country a tobacco free society. IPH supports this goal through its contribution to the Health Service Executive Tobacco Control Partners Group.
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.
To mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on 31 May, leaders from the Tobacco Free Ireland strategy hosted a national conference “Mobilising Communities Towards a Tobacco Free Ireland” at Farmleigh in Dublin. IPH Director of Policy, Dr. Helen McAvoy facilitated a workshop at the event specifically addressing tobacco use and health Inequalities. This workshop explored the opportunities and challenges to reducing higher rates of smoking among socially disadvantaged or vulnerable communities.
In 2013, IPH published “A Tobacco-Free Future: An all-island report on tobacco, inequalities and childhood. Access the report here. The report reveals declines in smoking rates among both children and pregnant women over the past decade, both North and South of the border. However, while tobacco control measures are being successful, disadvantaged children are at particular risk of tobacco-related harms.
The 18th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) will be held in Dublin, Ireland in March 2021. The news was announced at the closing of the 17th WCTOH in Cape Town, South Africa on March 09, 2018. The conference unites researchers, academics, non-governmental organisations, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and public officials working on all aspects of tobacco control from more than 100 countries. IPH contributed to the committee that bid to host this event and is delighted to have been part of this successful process. The Department of Health’s press release can be found here. IPH will partner the DoH in this upcoming event.
Contact Person: Joanna Purdy