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.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) highlight impact of inequality on child health in Northern Ireland
Evidence continues to stack up on the impact of inequality on the health of our children with the publication of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) State of Child Health – Northern Ireland report in Belfast today
The UK government believes that alcohol duties should be related to the alcoholic strength of drinks. The government wishes to examine options to amend the structure of the alcohol duty system and did this by consulting on:
This European Policy Seminar took place today (7 June) and explored how European Member States are working to protect children from alcohol marketing, and what further steps are necessary from an EU perspective. The European Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis spoke at the seminar on political challenges being faced in this regard.
Obesity has high social, environmental and economic costs. Obesity related conditions are affecting our economy and threatening to engulf the health service, but responsibility for tackling it goes far beyond the health sector. IPH welcomed the opportunity to present at a recent (Tuesday 6 June) BMA Northern Ireland meeting to discuss solutions for tackling rising obesity.
IPH policy team has responded to a consultation on the implementation of the revised primary school curriculum in the Republic of Ireland. The consultation explores issues such as minimum state curriculum time and flexible time allocations.
IPH response to Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (ROI) consultation on Land Use Planning and EPA Licensing Systems
IPH welcomed the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the Key Issues Consultation Paper on the transposition of EIA Directive 2014/52/EU in the Land Use Planning and EPA Licensing Systems held by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (ROI).
IPH Press Release: Report highlights that less than one-in-five adults in Republic of Ireland exposed to second-hand smoke daily
Challenges remain in terms of exposure to second-hand smoke in the home particularly for some children and subsequent impact on health inequalities
A new snapshot report – an update on a report published in 2016 – highlights that less than one-in-five adults in the Republic of Ireland are exposed to second-hand smoke daily. Challenges remain in terms of significant exposure to second-hand smoke in the home particularly for some children and subsequent impact on health inequalities.
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.