Ireland became the first country to go smokefree in all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and pubs, on March 29, 2004. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Ireland's smokefree air law has had no negative economic impact. Study results released in April 2013 indicated that the law had prevented an estimated 3,700 deaths.
The Irish Health Ministry has created a site called Smoke-Free at Work, which serves as a clearing house of information about the law, including news releases, implementation materials, and the like. The Office of Tobacco Control is another great site.
Ireland's smokefree workplace law enjoys over 93% public support, including 80% of smokers, a 97% compliance rate, and a 33% reduction in the smoking prevalence rate. In addition, pub and restaurant workers report being 40% healthier since the law went into effect last year.
Ireland, in addition to its leadership in protecting nonsmokers, is a great vacation destination for ANR members!
Check out Ireland's official tourism website for helpful travel information.
Smokefree & Related News
Ireland, 10 Years of Fresh Air
House to go smoke-free
college campus goes smoke free
body calls for total ban on e-cigarettes
to ban e-cigs at facilities
defends delay in passage of anti-smoking Bill
passes Bill to ban smoking in cars with children
cigarette sales in pubs and clubs and at night, report urges
staff to 'police' smoking ban
could be facing an all-out hospital ban
pubs keep spark despite a decade smoke-free
Irish consultant compares e-cigs to methadone
academic calls on State to regulate e-cigarettes
years of workplace smoking ban in Republic of Ireland
change in the smoking zone
Bar is hit with €750 smoking fine
or safe? The two sides to banning e-cigarettes in ...
to clear the air over use of e-cigarettes
now banned on all buses
doll ... same old stereotype
Should e-cigarettes be banned in all workplaces?
banned from DART and trains
Action welcomes campus smoking ban exemption for some ...
could 'renormalise' smoking
are lost without him": Family's grief after anti-smoking campaigner
Gerry Collins dies
General Hospital to Become Completely Smoke-Free Zone
company unveils scary-looking anti plain-pack website
need to follow UK lead on car smoke ban'
sales soaring as 50000 smokers make switch
jobs for Galway with Rossport Pharmaceutical
considers U-18s ban on e-cigarettes
says hospitals will be smoke-free by 2015
Luke's hospital bans all smoking
more hospital campuses to become smoke-free zones from ...
to outlaw tobacco lobbying defeated in Seanad
pushes for tighter nicotine controls
Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar A Smoke Free Campus!!
lambasts pubs smoking ban
ifs, no butts, no smoking... Mullingar hospital goes smoke free
ban to begin at maternity hospitals
Leanna Byrne interviews a spokesperson from DU ...
Snowden: Why our efforts to cut smoking have been a ...
Free Trinity Town Hall Meetings Begin The consultation ...
If Government is serious it should go the whole hog and ban cigarettes
furious at smoking ban in Kerry hospital
Cornelsen, L.; Normand, C.; "Impact of the Irish smoking ban on sales in bars using a large business-level data set from 1999 to 2007," Tobacco Control [Epub ahead of print], October 8, 2013.
Background Ireland introduced comprehensive smoke-free workplace
legislation in 2004. This study evaluates the economic impact of the
workplace smoking ban on the value of sales in bars. ... Results
The overall impact of the Irish smoking ban on bar sales appears to
be very small. The ban was associated with an increase in sales among
medium to large bars in the Border-Midland-West (more rural) region
of Ireland, and a small reduction in sales among large bars in the
more urban, South-East region. We failed to find any evidence of a
change in bar sales in the remaining categories studied. Conclusions
The results indicate that although some bars saw positive effects
and some negative, the overall impact of the smoking ban on the value
of sales in bars was negligible. These findings provide further supporting
evidence that comprehensive smoke-free workplace legislation does
not harm hospitality businesses while having positive health effects.
plan for Republic of Ireland
minister wants to make Ireland tobacco-free by 2025
two biggest Universities are weighing up plans to become ...
hospital grounds to be smoke-free from 2015
hospital now smoke free
to 'enjoy' a smoke is just too difficult now
aims for tobacco-free Ireland by 2025
to examine if e-cigarettes should only be sold in pharmacies
Keenan: Will EU ruling take the puff out of e-cigarette revolution?
society looks for regulation of e-cigarettes
Regional Hospital introduce Smoke Free Campus Policy
smokers urged to oppose prohibition
at home may cause as many fatalities as road crashes
Smoking in the home may be causing as many fatalities as road traffic
collisions according to new research commissioned by the Environmental
Protection Agency. The research entitled 'Indoor Air Pollution' shows
the concentration of damaging particulates in the air in the homes
of those who smoke indoors was six times higher than the World Health
Organisation's recommendation for general outdoor air quality. The
research was completed by NUI Galway and staff at the University of
Aberdeen, the Institute of Occupational Medicine Edinburgh, and the
University of Birmingham. It concluded there was a glaring need to
address the policy and health implications of smoke in private homes.
than 3700 smoking related deaths prevented due to ban
Stallings-Smith, S.; Zeka, A.; Goodman, P.; Kabir, Z.; Clancy, L., "Reductions in cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory mortality following the national Irish smoking ban: interrupted time-series analysis," PLOS ONE 8(4): e62063, April 24, 2013.
This study found that the smokefree air law in Ireland resulted in
lower mortality overall and from heart disease, stroke, and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The abstract stated, "The
national Irish smoking ban was associated with immediate reductions
in early mortality. Importantly, post-ban risk differences did not
change with a longer follow-up period. This study corroborates previous
evidence for cardiovascular causes, and is the first to demonstrate
reductions in cerebrovascular and respiratory causes."
Regional Hospital to become a Smoke Free Campus
Kabir, Z.; Keogan, S.; Clarke, V.; Clancy, L., "Second-hand smoke exposure levels and tobacco consumption patterns among a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Ireland," Public Health [Epub ahead of print] April 21, 2013.
cigarette sales up but risks still unknown
to renew measures on tobacco, alcohol and sugar
Gilroy, I.; Donnelly, N.; Matthews, W.; Doherty, K.; Conlon, G.; Clarke, A.T.; Daly, L.; Kelleher, C.; Fitzpatrick, P., "Smoking in vehicles is lower than mobile telephone use while driving, but is socially patterned," Irish Medical Journal 106(4): 118-120, April 2013.
Kabir, Z.; Daly, S.; Clarke, V.; Keogan, S.; Clancy, L., "Smoking ban and small-for-gestational age births in Ireland," PLoS One 8(3): e57441, March 2013.
Background: Ireland introduced a comprehensive workplace smoke-free
legislation in March, 2004. Smoking-related adverse birth outcomes
have both health care and societal cost implications. The main aim
of this study was to determine the impact of the Irish smoke-free
legislation on small-for-gestationa- age (SGA) births. ... Conclusions:
A significant reduction in small-for-gestational birth rates both
immediately and sustained over the post-ban period, reinforces the
mounting evidence of the positive health effect of a successful comprehensive
smoke-free legislation in a vulnerable population group as pregnant
ban at Beaumont being ignored
of pub licences issued last year down 273 on 2011
correlates smoking bans with 'successive reductions' in ...
Big Tobacco hurt by legal and mindset changes
St 1st smoke-free kids' hospital
to decide if 'pagoda-style' smoking area breaches rules
THE High Court has been asked to decide whether a pagoda style smoking
area in the courtyard of a Donegal pub breaches the smoking ban. The
"Fisherman's Inn" in Main Street, St Johnston, erected a
wooden structure with a perspex type roof which the health authorities
say is effectively a room within a room because it is surrounded by
four walls of the main premises. ...
ban for motorists with children in cars
to drop outdoor smoking ban at hospital
to ban smoking on hospital grounds
For Smoke Free Playgrounds
free campus to be launched at LGH
people a day caught breaking rules on smoking at Limerick Regional
General Hospital campus smoking ban to begin next week
ban swings into 100 playgrounds
McCaffrey, M.; Goodman, P.; Gavigan, A.; Kenny, C.; Hogg, C.; Byrne, L.; McLaughlin, J.; Young, K.; Clancy, L., "Should any workplace be exempt from smoke-free law: the Irish experience," Journal of Environmental and Public Health [Epub ahead of print], 2012.
Background. In 2004, the Irish Government introduced national legislation banning smoking in workplaces; with exemptions for "a place of residence". This paper summarises three Irish studies of exempted premises; prisons, psychiatric hospitals and nursing homes. Methods. PM2.5 and nicotine were measured in nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals, in addition to ultrafine particles in the hospitals. In the prisons, officers (n = 30) completed exhaled breath Carbon Monoxide (CO) measurements. Questionnaires determined officers' opinion on introducing smoking prohibitions in prisons. Nursing home smoking policies were examined and questionnaires completed by staff regarding workplace secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure. Findings. Ultrafine particle concentrations in psychiatric hospitals averaged 130,000 per cm3, approximately 45% higher than Dublin pub levels (85,000 per cm3) pre ban. PM2.5 levels in psychiatric hospitals (39.5 ìg/m3) were similar to Dublin pubs (35.5 ìg/m3) pre ban. In nursing homes permitting smoking, similar PM2.5 levels (33 ìg/m3) weremeasured, with nicotine levels (0.57 ìg/m3) four times higher than "non-smoking" nursing homes (0.13 ìg/m3). In prisons, 44% of non-smoking officers exhibited exhaled breath CO criteria for light to heavy smokers. Conclusions. With SHS exposure levels in some exempted workplaces similar to Dublin pubs levels pre ban, policies ensuring full protection must be developed and implemented as a right for workers, inmates and patients.
move to ensure playgrounds 'smoke free'
FINGAL COUNTY Council has become the first local authority in the
State to formally adopt a policy ensuring all of its children's playgrounds
are smoke-free ...
Sir, Brian Kelly (July 20th) will be pleased to know that
measures to limit smoking at outdoor events are already in force here
in Finland, the actions being ...
Majority want cig sales ban. ... 'Ban smoking in cars with kids'.
... Nearly two out of three people believe that smoking should be
completely banned by 2025, ...
smoking ban in force next week
becomes a tobacco-free campus
Beaumont Hospital will become a tobacco-free campus from tomorrow
4 July as the hospital moves to create a healthy, clean
and safer environment for ...
Gael chairman Flanagan attacks proposed ban on smoking in ...
approves law to ban smoking in cars with children
The Government yesterday approved the drafting of new laws that will
ban ... are to debate new legislation next month calling for smoking
to be banned in cars ...
to go ahead with car smoking ban
The government is to go ahead with plans to ban smoking in cars carrying
... Minister James Reilly said he was examining banning smoking in
parks and on ...
ban 'has saved over 1700 lives'
MORE than 1700 people are alive today thanks to anti-smoking measures
introduced in recent years, new research has revealed, writes Eilish
TO RELAX SMOKING BAN AT CITY HOSPITALS
The chairman of the regional health forum west says the smoking ban
enforced ... He said that the blue line policy, which bans smoking
on hospital grounds, was ...
Currie, L.M.; Blackman, K.; Clancy, L.; Levy, D.T., "The effect of tobacco control policies on smoking prevalence and smoking-attributable deaths in Ireland using the IrelandSS simulation model," Tobacco Control [Epub ahead of print], May 26, 2012.
This study attempted to quantify the effect of tobacco policy between
1998 and 2010 on smoking prevalence reductions by 2010. The study
used IrelandSS, which is an adapted version of SimSmoke, a dynamic
simulation model. For tobacco control policies implemented between
1998 and 2010, there was a 22 percent relative reduction in smoking
prevalence and 1716 fewer smoking-attributable deaths (SADs) by 2010
increasing to a projected 29 percent relative reduction in prevalence
and 50,215 fewer SADs by 2040. ...
to enforce ban on smoking at Limerick hospitals
Local councillor Richard Butler agrees with the ban on smoking by
visitors but says allowing patients to smoke only when permitted by
senior doctors is ...
on smoking in parks would 'save our children'
By Clodagh Sheehy HEALTH Minister James Reilly is determined to press ahead with his outdoor smoking ban for parks and beaches.
Cornelsen, L.; Normand, C., "Impact of the smoking ban on the volume of bar sales in Ireland - evidence from time series analysis," Health Economics 21(5): 551- 561, May 2012.
This Irish study found a decline in bar sales by -4.6 percent following
implementation of a clean indoor air law. The authors stated, "Although
the -4.6 percent decline in the volume of sales is not marginal, it
is small in comparison to the total reduction in the sales over the
years from 2001 to 2009. The drop from the peak of the series in May
201 to the bottom of the series in November 2009 is -48 percent and
half of that if the recessionary period is excluded from the series
with most of the fall attributable to constantly increasing prices
above the inflation rate."
Lynch: Last luxury goes up in a puff of smoke
Ban On Smoking In Public Places Criticised
Plans to ban smoking in parks and on beaches has been described as
dangerous by a pro-smoking lobby. Forest Éireann said, unlike
previous restrictions on ...
It seems that it would not be easy for the Health Minister, James
Reilly to impose smoking ban in open areas as there is rising opposition
to the same.
A plan by the Irish government to ban smoking in parks and on beaches
has been condemned by a pro-smoking lobby group. Forest Eireann claimed
it was ...
Society welcomes proposal to ban smoking in parks and on ...
a car filled with second-hand smoke and child in the seat
bill wants to make smoking in cars illegal...
Lighting up a cigarette in your car may soon become a thing of the
past if a new bill has anything to do with it. Yes, it sounds like
a nightmare but a smoking ban in your car could become a reality sooner
By David Richardson The Seanad are to debate new legislation next
month calling for smoking to be banned in cars with children in. The
legislation comes 10 ...
The Seanad will debate new legislation next month calling for smoking
to be banned in cars where children are present. It comes 10 years
after the workplace ...
set to soon become smoke-free zones
FINGAL'S PLAYGROUNDS may soon be smoke-free zones with the council
committing to expanding a pilot scheme to ban smoking from play areas.
The German study pointed out: "Opponents of workplace or public smoking bans have argued that smoke-free policies -- albeit intended to protect non-smokers ...
Kent, B.D.; Sulaiman, I.; Nicholson, T.T.; Lane, S.J.; Moloney, E.D., "Acute pulmonary admssions following implementation of a national workplace smoking ban," Chest [Epub ahead of print], March 1, 2012.
This Irish study found that overall hospital admissions for pulmonary illness decreased from 439 per 100,000 population to 396 per 100,000 population following implementation of the country's clean indoor air law. Admissions with acute coronary syndrome (adjusted RR 0.82; 95%CI 0.70-0.97; p=0.02), but not stroke (adjusted RR 0.93; 95%CI 0.73-1.20; p=0.60), were also reduced.
McNabola, A.; Eyre, G.J.; Gill, L.W., "Environmental tobacco smoke in designated smoking areas in the hospitality industry: exposure measurements, exposure modelling and policy assessment," Environment International [Epub ahead of print], February 22, 2012.
This Irish study examined air inside eight pubs, their designated
smoking and smokefree areas, and their noncomplying smoking areas.
Designated smoking areas had concentrations of benzene which ranged
from 5.1-5.4 µg/m3; smokefree areas, 1.42-3.01 µg/m3;
and smoking areas in breach of law, 49.5 µg/m3, with corresponding
"smokefree" areas, 7.68 µg/m3. The authors wrote that
the legal definitions of designated smoking areas were weak and called
for more governmental guidance in defining the parameters of those
for ban on smoking in playgrounds
people smoking at home following ban
By David Richardson According to a European study, the smoking ban
introduced to ... in the number of smokers in Ireland who banned smoking
in their homes.
By Gillian Tsoi The smoking ban introduced in Ireland nearly eight
years ago has ... in the number of smokers in Ireland who banned smoking
in their homes.
to ban smoking in all its hospital grounds
THE GROUNDS of every hospital and institution run by the Health Service
Executive will be smoke-free by 2015. More than a third of hospitals,
including some ...
support for Reilly's car smoking ban
smoking ban to rely on existing evidence
cigarettes taken off shelves in Ireland
reaction to smoking ban proposal
â€However, any legislation introduced by Government must be supported by a public awareness campaign, similar to the workplace smoking ban which has been highly successful," she said. In a parliamentary question last week, Mr Reilly said he was
may ban smoking in cars
The Minister for Health James Reilly has confirmed that his department is looking at banning smoking in vehicles where under 16's are present. However, this may prove difficult to enforce and anti-tobacco groups are calling for an outright ban, .
may ban smoking in playgrounds across County Cork
A SMOKING ban may be introduced in all playgrounds in Co Cork in
an effort to discourage children from taking up the habit in later
accused over smoking
is a €3000 fine and your freedom
of the removal of point-of-sale tobacco displays in Ireland
Road to Smoke-free Legislation in Ireland.
plea to ease smoking ban in Republic of Ireland
Pubs in the Republic of Ireland are disappearing in a cloud of smoke -- or the lack of it, a new report has claimed.
'Forest Eireann' (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco), a group representing beleaguered smokers, has claimed that the smoking ban has been the main cause of the downfall of Irish pubs.
Forest spokesperson John Mallon has said that "smokers have no rallying place at all and this group is a small start towards changing that".
"A lot of publicans have told me they have been forced to close up due to business being so bad and that the smoking ban was a huge cause of this.
"Many have said that they didn't declare how bad things were in previous years as they didn't want to de-value their business further," he said.
The third-party firm, CR Consulting, which conducted the report using
data from the Revenue Commissioners, found that despite other contributing
factors, the demise of Irish pubs had a close statistical relationship
to the introduction of the smoking ban in 2004. ...
pub roof not exempt from smoking ban
HSE -v- Brookshore Ltd, Neutral Citation: (2010) IEHC 165. High Court
Judgment was given by Mr Justice Peter Charleton on May 19th, 2010.
A laneway beside a public house that was covered by a retractable roof was not exempted from the smoking ban, as the area was totally covered by the roof. The composition of the roof was irrelevant.
The case came to the High Court by way of case stated from the District Court. The law banning smoking in public places allowed for certain exceptions one of which was an unroofed area. At issue was whether the finding that a roof was not a roof was a finding of fact or a finding of law.
The respondent runs Graces public house in Naas, Co Kildare.
The Health Service Executive inspected it in April 2008. It found
a completely enclosed laneway between two parts of the premises covered
by a retractable canvas awning. It was furnished with bar stools and
wooden counters, which contained ashtrays. A large flat-screen television
was erected on one of the end walls. ...
repeats call for car smoking ban
The anti-smoking group Ash Ireland has today reiterated its call for a ban on smoking in cars transporting children under 16 years of age.
Its call for the ban comes on the eve of Ash Wednesday, traditionally a day chosen by smokers to quit.
However, the Department of Health said this afternoon there are currently no proposals to introduce a ban on smoking in cars where there are children present but it said the matter will be kept under review.
It added that it accepted exposure to cigarette smoke is particularly dangerous in enclosed spaces, such as cars, and it is currently reviewing the measures that have been undertaken in other countries in this regard.
But Dr Angie Brown, chairwoman of Ash Ireland, said passive smoke
is a Group 1 cancer-causing carcinogen and as 14 per cent of Irish
children are exposed to these carcinogens and other toxic substances
in cars our legislators must protect them. ...
Smoking and Second-hand Smoke Exposure at Home Among Irish Children,
OBJECTIVE: This study hypothesized a continual decline in current smoking prevalence between four calendar years (1995, 1998, 2002/03, and 2007) and also no significant increase in second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure at home post the workplace smoking ban of March 2004 (2007 survey vs. 2002/03 survey) among the Irish school children. METHODS: We used a modified ISAAC (International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood) protocol. Children aged 13-14 years were studied: 2,670 (in 1995), 2,273 (in 1998), 2,892 (in 2002-2003), and 2,805 (in 2007). ISAAC is a cross-sectional self-administered questionnaire survey. Randomly selected representative post-primary schools (the sampling frame) were recruited. Smoking history was self-reported. Beta-coefficients (slopes) of smoking rates across the four survey waves were computed. Odds ratios for smoking rates were also computed using the baseline year (1995), as the reference period. All analyses were performed using SAS software (9.1v). RESULTS: We saw significant reductions in active smoking rates between 1995 and 2007 (from 19.9 to 10.6%, respectively) resulting in 3.3% survey-to-survey reductions, with a significantly greater survey-to-survey decline among girls vis-à-vis boys (3.8% vs. 2.7%, respectively). 45% of children are exposed to SHS at home in 2007. There was a statistically non-significant 2% overall decline in SHS exposure levels at home in 2007 relative to 2002/03 survey years, but more pronounced in girls. CONCLUSIONS: The continual reduction in active smoking prevalence in children is a welcome sign. No significant increase in SHS exposure at home post the nationwide workplace smoking ban in March 2004 also indirectly suggests that the workplace smoking ban did not increase smoking inside homes.
rate soars up to one third despite ban
A THIRD of the Irish population now smokes, a new survey reveals.
It is the highest smoking rate recorded here in the past 11 years, according to the EU's 'HELP -- For A Life Without Tobacco' campaign.
Despite hikes in tobacco tax, the smoking ban and a new law against the public display of cigarettes for sale, the number of smokers has steadily risen since 2007 when 29pc of the population smoked.
The survey, which was conducted between March and September, revealed the largest group of smokers -- 45pc -- is aged between 16 and 30. ...
Contentious Health Policy: Lessons From Ireland's Workplace Smoking
campus to become smoke free from January 2010
Cork University Hospital (CUH) is aiming to have a smoke free campus from the beginning of next year.
Work has already begun on the initiative, which CUH has been allocated €40,000 to implement.
The Board of the Hospital decided the funding allocated to CUH as a designated cancer centre would go towards the implementation and monitoring of the smoke free campus, which is due to come in on January 1, 2010.
CUH will become the third hospital in the country to introduce the initiative. ...
Fitzpatrick, P.; Gilroy, I.; Doherty, K.; Corradino, D.; Daly, L.; Clarke, A.; Kelleher, C.C., "Implementation of a campus-wide Irish hospital smoking ban in 2009: prevalence and attitudinal trends among staff and patients in lead up," Health Promotion International [Epub ahead of print], June 16, 2009.
We report the evidence base that supported the decision to implement the first campus-wide hospital smoking ban in the Republic of Ireland with effect from 1 January 2009. Three separate data sources are utilized; surveillance data collected from patients and staff in 80 surveys between 1997 and 2006, an 1 week observational study to assess smoker behaviour in designated smoking shelters and an attitudinal interview with 28 smoker patients and 30 staff on the implications of the 2004 indoors workplace smoking ban, conducted in 2005. The main outcome measures were trends in prevalence of smoking over time according to age, sex and occupational groups and attitudes to the 2004 ban and a projected outright campus ban. Smoking rates among patients remained steady, 24.2% in 1997/98 and 22.7% in 2006. Staff smoking rates declined from 27.4% to 17.8%, with a strong occupational gradient. Observational evidence suggested a majority of those using smoking shelters in 2005 were women and health-care workers rather than patients. Attitudes of patients and staff were positive towards the 2004 ban, but with some ambivalence on the effectiveness of current arrangements. Staff particularly were concerned with patient safety issues associated with smoking outdoors. The 2004 ban was supported by 87.6% of patients and 81.3% of staff in 2006 and a majority of 58.6% of patients and 52.4% of staff agreed with an outright campus ban being implemented. These findings were persuasive in instigating a process in 2007/08 to go totally smoke-free by 2009, the stages for which are discussed.
Champ: Wanna go tie-free? Check out the Emerald Isle
last week I meets an investment type who knows the Irish pub market quite well. After talking about the state of the UK licensed trade we gets to chatting about pubs in the Emerald Isle.
Many, he said, were suffering. No doubt because of the smoking ban, I opined knowingly, ready to roll out facts and figures about the effects of the ban on the licensed sector versus the cost to the Irish economy of treating people whose lungs have the consistency of a loofah and who gozz up bucketloads of pale green phlegm every day.
Nope, he replied. It was largely because many licensees had signed
commercial leases with their landlords at the height of the Celtic
Tiger Boom Thang(TM). While these were all fine and dandy at a time
of the economic surge the country was then experiencing, in the current
market conditions they were proving to be unsustainable. Not smoking
then, but onerous leases. Sounds familiar doesn't it?
compliance with smoking ban
enough done to prevent smoking, RCSI report finds
IRELAND HAS become complacent about its smoking cessation achievements, with evidence that advice on giving up smoking was offered to just half of smokers who were seen by a primary care health professional, a report to be published today has found.
The analysis of data from the recent SLÁN national survey of Lifestyle Attitudes and Nutrition by the Division of Population Health Science at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) confirms that a previous downward trend in smoking rates has stalled.
Researchers, led by Prof Ruairí Brugha of RCSI, report smoking rates higher than the national average of 29 per cent in a number of occupational health groups. They found a particularly high rate of smoking in 18-29 year old women in social class 5 and 6 which, at 56 per cent, is double the rate found among women in the same age group in social classes 1 and 2.
Commenting on the relative lack of access to smoking prevention programmes in the country, Prof Brugha said, a high percentage of smokers, at 72 per cent, who were interviewed in 2007 had attended a GP in the previous year, while only 38 per cent of smokers reported that a doctor or health professional had discussed ways of giving up smoking with them. ...
stands firm on tobacco ban
From 1 July 2009, the advertising and display of tobacco products will be prohibited in all premises that sell tobacco products to the public.
Also from that date, self-service vending machines will be prohibited except in licensed premises and registered clubs, and must be operated in accordance with the Public Health (Tobacco) (Retail Sign) Regulations 2009.
In addition, all retailers of tobacco products must register with the Office of Tobacco Control.
Further legislation is planned that will allow the Minister for Health
and Children to make regulations for the introduction of combined
text and photo warnings on tobacco products, as recommended by the
European Commission. ...
Smoke-free Laws Improve Air Quality: A Global Study of Irish Pubs
Introduction The present study examined indoor air quality in a global sample of smoke-free and smoking-permitted Irish pubs. We hypothesized that levels of respirable suspended particles, an important marker of secondhand smoke, would be significantly lower in smoke-free Irish pubs than in pubs that allowed smoking. Methods Indoor air quality was assessed in 128 Irish pubs in 15 countries between 21 January 2004 and 10 March 2006. Air quality was evaluated using an aerosol monitor, which measures the level of fine particle (PM(2.5)) pollution in the air. A standard measurement protocol was used by data collectors across study sites. Results Overall, the level of air pollution inside smoke-free Irish pubs was 93% lower than the level found in pubs where smoking was permitted. Discussion Levels of indoor air pollution can be massively reduced by enacting and enforcing smoke-free policies.
year of smoking ban marked
COMPLIANCE WITH the workplace smoking ban increased to an all-time high of 97 per cent last year, the Office of Tobacco Control said yesterday as it marked the fifth anniversary of the ban.
A year after the ban was introduced, some 94 per cent of premises inspected were found to be obeying the new law.
The Vintners Federation of Ireland said the spirit of the legislation had been accepted by publicans and it was now time to review what constitutes an acceptable outdoor smoking area. Publicans can allow smoking in an outdoor area provided that not more than 50 per cent of the structures perimeter is covered by a wall, window, gate or other structure. ...
Amárach Research, Cawley NeaTBWA and OMD have joined forces to develop Youth ID, Ireland's leading youth research programme. ID carried out a research related to drugs use by the Irish youth as well as teenagers' drinking and smoking habits. . . .
The programme also focused on young smokers and unveils the following smoking statistics: one third of 18 - 29 year olds smoke. One third of smokers have tried unsuccessfully to give up smoking in the past. The smoking ban in Ireland has helped somewhat as one in three smokers say that they are now smoking less since its implementation.
on smoking in cars gets Minister's support
'should be banned in cars containing under 16s'
ban has benefited our health'
The vast majority of the public believes the workplace smoking ban, introduced five years ago, has been a success.
Previous Health Minister Micheal Martin introduced the workplace smoking ban in March 2004. Since then, people have not been allowed smoke in pubs, restaurants, hospitals or other workplaces.
One Dublin hospital, St Vincent's, recently banned outdoor smoking in the grounds of the hospital.
We asked our registered readers whether they felt the workplace smoking ban had benefited the health of the nation.
Eighty-six per cent said yes, it had, while only 10% said no and 4% were unsure.
falls in anti-tobacco stakes
Anti-smoking campaigners say much more work needs to be done to dissuade people from taking up smoking.
The study was undertaken over a three-year period across Europe with 340,000 people, both smokers and non-smokers, taking part in a special test to monitor their carbon monoxide levels.
of Smoking Among Bar Workers Prior to the Republic of Ireland Smokefree
attacks tumble after Irish smoking ban
Ireland's rate of heart attacks fell by around a tenth in the year following the introduction of the world's first nationwide ban on workplace smoking, boosting the case for more similar bans, doctors said on Tuesday.
Edmond Cronin and colleagues at Cork University Hospital said an analysis of people admitted with heart attacks to public hospitals in southwest Ireland showed an 11 percent fall in the year after the ban came into effect in March 2004.
"This should further encourage health authorities to look at more smoking bans around the world," he said in an interview at the annual European Society of Cardiology congress, where the data was presented.
pollution down 83% since smoke ban
New research shows that air pollution has dropped by 83% in Dublin pubs since the smoking ban was introduced three years ago.
The study also found a significant improvement in the respiratory health of bar workers.
The findings are published today in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine in what its authors say is one of the largest and most detailed examinations of the effects of environmental tobacco smoke.
ban breathes new life into pub sales
AS PUBS in England and Wales prepare to outlaw smoking, theres good news from Ireland.
A new study into the effects of Irelands pioneering smoking
ban has revealed it has led to increased custom for many pubs.
ban on smoking paying off for workers
One year after the Irish Republic became the first country with a nationwide ban on smoking in workplaces, pub employees already are breathing easier, a study shows.
The number of nonsmoking bar workers with respiratory problems, such as coughs, has fallen 17 percent, according to a study published online Monday in the BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal.
Researchers found no improvement in neighboring Northern Ireland, which did not ban smoking, the study shows.
ban 'already benefiting health of Irish people'
The Irish Heart Foundation has claimed that the workplace smoking ban is already benefiting the health of Irish people.
Speaking at the launch of its annual walking challenge yesterday, the foundation said the number of people being admitted to hospital had reduced significantly since the ban was introduced 17 months ago.
It also said it had witnessed an improvement in the health of people with chronic lung disease.
Here is an example of Ireland's anti-smoking advertising found on cigarette disposal boxes throughout the city.
ban is hailed a hit
A group of representatives from Smoke-Free Derwentside have been visiting the city in a bid to learn from what Dublin has achieved over the past year.
sees 30% rise in smoking-free homes in Republic
A leading Ulster charity last night revealed that as a result of the controversial smoking ban in the Republic of Ireland, the number of smoke free Irish homes has increased by more than 30%.