Friday 19 October 2018

Reilly plan aims to make country tobacco-free by 2025

Eilish O’Regan, Health Correspondent

A NEW policy to make Ireland “tobacco free” by 2025 - complete with a set of radical proposals - has been launched by Health Minister James Reilly.

The policy has over 60 recommendations with the overall aim of” de-normalising smoking in Irish society.”

A tobacco-free Ireland would see smoking prevalence reduced to 5pc , he said at the launch in Dublin today.

He said that “to make Ireland tobacco free in 12 years is an extraordinary challenge, but if we work together to de-normalise smoking for young people we can do it.

“And do it we must because for every two young people who become addicted to tobacco one of them will die as a consequence. Let’s not forget that approximately 5,200 Irish people die each year from diseases caused by smoking. 

“These are all preventable, avoidable deaths. Protecting children from the harms of tobacco is the key aim of Tobacco Free Ireland”.

He pointed out that ASH Ireland has been working closely with local authorities in implementing smoke-free playgrounds.

It means that 75pc of County Councils and 60pc of City Councils are now on board, he said.

“Dublin City Council is currently working with the HSE in permitting HSE buildings to be utilised to erect large scale QUIT campaign banners.

“I am delighted to hear that both UCD and Trinity are considering plans to make their campuses smoke free and I would encourage other third level colleges to follow their lead. By working together we can achieve our aim of being tobacco free by 2025”.

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