Protecting children from tobacco in the WHO European Region is essential, not only because smoking initiation is a key component of an important public health crisis, but also because Member States are responsible for supporting various children’s rights. This report highlights ongoing and emerging tobacco-related issues that affect children in the Region and examines the regulatory frameworks, commitments and other tools that Member States should use to protect children from tobacco. This also includes more novel approaches that could – and should – be used to pave the way towards a tobacco-free European Region.
The 2014 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey revealed 12% of children in the Republic of Ireland reported that adults were allowed to smoke in the home with a further 5% reporting there were no rules or restrictions on smoking the home. In Northern Ireland, findings from the Young Persons’ Behaviour and Attitudes Survey (2013) revealed that around four in 10 children lived with an adult smoker, of whom 42% reported that an adult smoked inside the home.
IPH supports the implementation of smoke-free spaces across the island of Ireland and legislation prohibiting smoking in cars where children are present. IPH have produced two reports on second hand smoke exposure to children: