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.
The Royal College of Physicians in the UK releases a new report on smoking cessation – Hiding in Plain Sight
A new report has been published by the Royal College of Physicians in the UK calling on the NHS to implement radical changes in the way they approach smoking cessation services. Hiding in Plain Sight concludes that addressing tobacco use while patients are in hospital will save lives, increase life expectancy and reduce the economic burden caused by tobacco.
World No Tobacco Day 2018 - Landmark report on State of Tobacco Control in Ireland launched at national conference in Dublin
To mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on 31 May, leaders from the Tobacco Free Ireland strategy are hosting a national conference “Mobilising Communities Towards a Tobacco Free Ireland” at Farmleigh in Dublin. The relationship between tobacco and heart disease is the global theme of the 2018 World No Tobacco Day.
IPH supports UK National No Smoking Day 2018. The Public Health Agency is running a 'Proud to be a Quitter' campaign and has teamed up with voluntary sector organisations, pharmacists, community and HSC Trust stop smoking service providers, and the local No Smoking Day Coordinating Committee to urge smokers to quit on 14 March by seeking the help of their local stop smoking service.
Today (Wednesday, 31 May) is World No Tobacco Day and this year’s theme is protect health, reduce poverty and promote development.
Previous IPH Smoke-Free Publications
IPH has published a number of reports on creating a smoke-free island over recent years:
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.
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.