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.
This week marks the 25th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week, coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide.
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“Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery – a health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025” has been officially launched by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. This strategy sets the direction for drug and alcohol policy in Ireland until 2025, underpinned by an integrated public health approach.
Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery aims to reduce the harms caused by drug and alcohol misuse through five goals:
Minister for Health Simon Harris TD launched a new National Cancer Strategy for the Republic of Ireland today. The Strategy places particular importance on comprehensive cancer prevention. Inequalities in cancer incidence and mortality are also targeted for action. The strategy reinforces the importance of comprehensive and evidence-informed tobacco control, alcohol and healthy weight policies to drive reductions in cancer incidence.
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 by consulting on:
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.