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# Smoking

Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
New Zealand to scrap world-leading anti-smoking laws, new Prime Minister announces
The anti-smoking legislation was designed to almost immediately reduce the number of people using tobacco products.
Last month
November 2023
Dáil votes to restrict advertising of vaping products and ban the sale to under 18s
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says he wants to have the law in place ‘as soon as possible’.
This year
Rishi Sunak plans to progressively ban cigarettes by increasing the legal age every year
The plans would mean that 14 year olds will never legally be sold a cigarette but existing smokers would not be affected.
Excise duty on vapes likely to be rolled out by Government, but implementation will take time
Earlier this year, legislation was introduced to ban the sale of vaping products to under 18s.
Gardaí seize €10 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes in Dublin
No arrests were made during the operation and investigations are ongoing.
Poll: Should the legal smoking age be increased to 21?
Yesterday was World No Tobacco Day.
'Banning vaping will just lead to more smokers'
Experts have told The Journal that Ireland should not follow Australia in banning the products.
Poll: Should the sale of vapes be banned in Ireland?
Australia is set to ban vapes from general sale.
Trying to quit smoking? Nicotine patches, gum and lozenges are now available for free
The HSE made the announcement this National No Smoking Day.
Ireland's smoking rate has not dropped since 2019
Some 18% of the population are regular or occasional smokers.
Last year
New Zealand imposes lifetime ban on young people buying cigarettes
The law says that tobacco cannot ever be sold to anybody born on or after 1 January 2009.
Poll: Should the legal age to buy cigarettes be increased?
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland wants to raise the age to 21.
New report says it’s time to raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21
The RCPI says Tobacco 21 ‘offers a proven approach to significantly reduce the numbers of teenagers becoming addicted to tobacco.’
Opinion: E-cigarettes are not part of the solution to a tobacco free Ireland
Professor Des Cox says it’s tempting to see e-cigarettes as a solution to smoking but he says that’s just not the case.
GP: Why are we waging a war on e-cigarettes when they help smokers quit?
Dr Garrett McGovern argues that banning e-cigarette flavours will increase smoking harm and death and will not protect young people.
Disposable vapes will 'get a whole new generation of people addicted to nicotine', expert warns
A report by
Jamie McCarron
The HSE does not recommend vaping as a method of quitting smoking.
Increase minimum age for cigarettes each year until no-one can buy them, UK govt advised
Dr Javed Khan issued four critical ‘must-dos’ for the UK Government to act upon immediately.
Despite overall decline in smoking, prevalence is rising among Ireland's most vulnerable
Smoking still causes over 4,500 deaths in Ireland each year
All time
New Zealand to phase out tobacco sales by raising legal age for purchase each year
From 2027, the current under-18 sales ban would increase by one year annually to keep the cohort smoke free.
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
Poll: have you struggled with a smoking habit?
A new study found that the numbers of smokers globally increased to 1.1 billion in 2019.
Nine in ten smokers pick up the habit by age 25, studies show
New studies examined comprehensive data on smoking trends from 1990 to 2019.
Study shows unchanged teen smoking rates in 40% of countries over past two decades
Ireland is not included in this study, but other data shows a decline in Irish teen smoking levels over time.
Irish teens more likely to take illegal drugs but smoking and drinking levels falling, EU report shows
The report revealed 37% of Irish teenagers already used an e-cigarette at some stage.
Adolescents who use e-cigarettes three-to-five times more likely to start smoking, new review says
The Health Research Board’s review will help inform Department of Health policy.
Sale of menthol cigarettes banned in Ireland from today
A European Court of Justice ruling four years ago declared that the flavouring is used to increase the attractiveness of cigarettes.
Should outdoor smoking areas go smoke-free when pubs and restaurants reopen?
Health Minister Simon Harris said the proposal will be considered.
'The tobacco industry targeting e-cigarettes at young people is cynical, sickening and dangerous'
A survey of over 15,500 schoolchildren in Ireland explored their relationship with alcohol, smoking, sex, food and exercise.
Menthol cigarettes will be banned in Ireland from May
Minister Harris says there is evidence that menthol flavoured cigarettes may be more addictive.
Three in every five Irish adults are overweight or obese
The number of smokers in Ireland has fallen again, with 17% of the nation smoking according to the latest Healthy Ireland survey.
HSE checking all Irish vaping products for ingredient linked to US illnesses
More than 1,000 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses have been reported in the US, with 42 confirmed deaths in 24 states.
British teenager ended up on life support after suffering respiratory failure linked to vaping
At 16 years old, he required an exterior artificial lung to put oxygen into the blood
Poll: Should people be allowed to smoke on hospital grounds?
No-smoking policies are being flouted at Dublin’s maternity hospitals.
Anti-smoking policy at two Dublin maternity hospitals being flouted by patients and visitors
In 2013, the Coombe, the Rotunda and the National Maternity Hospital became tobacco-free campuses.
As vaping-linked injuries and deaths rise in the US, some Irish colleges are moving towards an all-out ban
18 deaths and 1080 injuries in the US have been linked to vaping.
Opinion: Is there now an argument for banning e-cigarettes in Ireland?
E-cigarettes are not harmless, but now is not the time for mass hysteria, writes Professor Des Cox.
Revenue seizes more than €1 million worth of illegal cigarettes
Revenue has intercepted a number of illegal cigarette shipments in recent weeks.
Irish doctors monitoring US warnings about e-cigs after lung disease outbreak
Several teenagers have been placed in medically induced comas.
New legislation to ban sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18
The legislation will be considered by government in September.
'It's just not good behaviour': Hospital anti-smoking policy flouted by patients and visitors
On 4 July 2012, Beaumont Hospital became a “tobacco-free campus”.