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.
Legislation for the standardised packaging of tobacco is to come into force in the Republic of Ireland in September 2017, a key development in the implementation of Tobacco Free Ireland. This follows the signing of the commencement order today by Minister Corcoran Kennedy for the standardised packaging provisions of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015.
The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency has published two new information resources to support both women and their health care providers achieve tobacco-free pregnancies. The resource Pregnancy and Nicotine Replacement Therapy – what you need to know will be provided to families at the 12 week antenatal appointment.
The 2015 Annual Report on the Tobacco Free Ireland Action Plan has been published. Tobacco Free Ireland was launched under the Healthy Ireland framework in 2013 and sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free (that is, with a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5%) by the year 2025.
IPH support move in NI towards smoke-free cars to protect children
A new report highlights that steady progress is being made in creating more smoke-free spaces across the island of Ireland. However, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) says that the next stage is to legislate for smoke-free cars in order to protect children from the ill effects of second hand smoke.
The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has commenced a national public consultation on a health technology assessment of smoking cessation interventions. The HIQA assessment is the first of its kind in the EU to examine the cost-effectiveness of e-cigarettes.
The public consultation seeking feedback on this report is open until 3 February 2017.
Moving closer to smokefree cars carrying children: NI Health Minister launches consultation on introducing regulations
IPH welcome the news that NI Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced an eight-week consultation on regulations to restrict smoking in private vehicles when children are present. A similar ban was enacted in the Republic of Ireland in March 2016.
The draft regulations propose that the existing legislation, 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.