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.
Safefood, an all-island body supporting the Departments of Health North and South in the development of evidence-based food policy, has launched an awareness campaign Lifting the Lid on Energy Drinks. The body has highlighted that some drinks contain up to 17 teaspoons of sugar and that they are not suitable for children and young people under 16 years of age, for rehydration after exercise or as a mixer with alcohol. The label has the facts.
IPH are delighted to be a part of the new Healthy Ireland Network launched today by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. IPH Director of Policy Dr Helen McAvoy was present at the launch of the initiative which aims to boost the national movement for health and wellbeing. Everyone present was asked to sign up to a Healthy Ireland Network ‘Charter’ to visibly demonstrate their support for the vision, values and aims of the Network. IPH look forward to working together to support the aims including promoting Healthy Ireland to internal, external and international stakeholders.
It is estimated that there are more than 60,000 people living on the island of Ireland with dementia. This is set to rise because people are living much longer and has been identified by the World Health Organization as a public health priority. A diagnosis of dementia can often include feelings of fear and isolation.
IPH work in dementia includes:
Data from the most recent wave of the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative has been released. The report, launched yesterday by Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy was presented at the Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland annual conference.
Research shows over half of suicides involve alcohol
A forum of experts from across different sectors on the island of Ireland are meeting today to shine a light on the relationship between alcohol, self-harm and suicide. At the forum, Ulster University’s Professor Siobhan O’Neill – who is key note speaker at the event – said that research shows that over half of suicides involve alcohol.
Alcohol, self-harm and suicide is the focus of an all-island seminar organised and live streamed by IPH on behalf of the North-South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group in Dublin today. The event will enable sharing of knowledge and experiences between stakeholders working in policy, research, service delivery and community action on alcohol, self-harm and suicide. It will address:
The RoI Health Service Executive (HSE) QUIT campaign began in 2011, prompting hundreds of thousands of quit attempts and giving free personal support to tens of thousands of quitters. Since the campaign started, the numbers of smokers in Ireland has dropped by over 125,000, many prompted to quit by our iconic ‘1 in 2’ messages, delivered with such power and impact by the late Gerry Collins.
IPH welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the National Planning Framework held by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (ROI). Spatial planning policy impacts on health in many ways; The National Planning Framework provides an opportunity to initiate a more health-oriented spatial planning approach.