Wednesday 20 September 2017

Ireland still among the highest smokers in the world

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The Irish are still among the highest smokers in the world with 27pc of us still lighting up in 2015, according to a global study.

The study of 126 countries in the medical journal The Lancet looked at the adoption of tobacco reduction measures around the world, which has led to a 2.5pc reduction in global smoking.

The study analysed WHO data from 126 countries (116 parties and 10 non-parties), tracking strong implementation of the five key demand-reduction measures from 2007 to 2014, and examining the association between the number of measures fully implemented and countries' smoking rates from 2005 to 2015.

The most frequently implemented measure by 2014 was smoke-free public places (28pc, 35 of 126 countries implemented the measure, 28 of which did so between 2007 and 2014), which reduce smoking-related disease and death by protecting people from second-hand smoke and also encourage smokers to quit.

The least frequently implemented measure was advertising bans (13pc of countries, 16 of 126, 12 of which did so between 2007 and 2014), which has been shown to reduce the number of people starting smoking, especially among young people.

Ireland prides itself as an anti-smoking leader as it was the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace back in 2004, but Panama introduced a complete smoke-free policy and a complete ban on advertising, promotion and sponsorship in 2008, so we still have a lot of catching up to do.

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