Saturday 25 February 2017

Smoking ban has saved 3,726 lives - now that's real progress

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Letters to the Editor

Former ministers for Health and Children, Leo Varadkar and James Reilly, sign the order banning smoking in cars with children, in December 2015 Picture: Tom Burke
Former ministers for Health and Children, Leo Varadkar and James Reilly, sign the order banning smoking in cars with children, in December 2015 Picture: Tom Burke

We at the Irish Cancer Society would like to thank David Quinn for his contribution to the debate on tobacco control (Irish Independent, Friday, May 20).

Firstly, we wish to thank him for  noting the dangers of second-hand smoking, which are classified by the International Agency For Research On Cancer (IARC) as class 1 carcinogens, along with asbestos and plutonium; and, secondly, for detailing the many public health measures that have encouraged smokers (63pc of whom want to stop) to quit, have reduced smoking rates to an all-time low of 19.5pc among adults and 8pc among children, have stopped young people smoking before they started, and have saved thousands of lives.

We're sure he forgot to mention the extra 3,726 people still alive precisely because of the smoking ban.

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