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Three-quarters of people want legal age to buy tobacco raised to 21, poll shows
A total of 73% of the people surveyed are in favour of raising the age for the sale of cigarettes from 18 to 21
People with asthma and COPD assured there's no need to stockpile medicine
The Asthma Society also advised against people acting on misinformation being spread on social media.
Asthma Society of Ireland 'inundated with calls' from people with existing respiratory illnesses
The charity’s CEO has warned that people with asthma would experience more severe symptoms if they contract Covid-19.
New tool identifies which patients with COPD are at risk of death or serious complications
About 500,000 people in Ireland have COPD, but half of them likely do not know they have the condition.
500,000 people in Ireland have this condition, but half don't even realise
COPD, more commonly known as bronchitis or emphysema, is primarily caused by smoking.
250,000 Irish people aren't being diagnosed with fatal disease that can be managed if caught early
Ireland has the highest rate of hospitalisation for COPD in the OECD, almost double the OECD average.
75% of chronic pulmonary disease cases linked to childhood illnesses and parental smoking
The findings were published in The Lancet journal this week.
'We wouldn't be here without it': HSE will not fund life-saving lung disease drug
21 Alpha-1 patients in Ireland have been receiving Respreeza up until now through a compassionate use programme.
'I'm living proof it works': Patients with severe lung condition call for access to 'life-changing' drug
People are set to lose access to Respreeza at the end of the month.
The 'devastating' common illness we need to talk about
“My first instinct was ‘Oh my god, I’m going to die.’”
"It takes a long time to accept it, especially when you've caused it yourself"
“I hold my hands up, smoking was a big factor for me.”
This woman had to give up her job, swimming and going to the salon...because of smoking
Paula Newman and two other smokers with lung cancer, heart problems and COPD urge kids to not smoke in three short video messages.
Irish scientists find potential new treatment for smoking-related diseases
The new approach could help save patients with conditions often associated with long-term smoking.