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# Smoking

Last month
January 2023
# QUIT SMOKING
Ireland's smoking rate has not dropped since 2019
Some 18% of the population are regular or occasional smokers.
Last year
2022
# Banned
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.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the legal age to buy cigarettes be increased?
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland wants to raise the age to 21.
# Tobacco 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.’
Voices
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.
Voices
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.
THE MORNING LEAD
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.
# Tobacco
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.
# world no tobacco day
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
# no smoking
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.
# smoking age
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
# Your Say
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.
# Cigarettes
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.
# Smoking
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.
# Underage Drinking
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.
# vaping
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.
# Smoking
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.
# lifting lockdown
Should outdoor smoking areas go smoke-free when pubs and restaurants reopen?
Health Minister Simon Harris said the proposal will be considered.
# Simon Harris
'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.
# PROHIBITED
Menthol cigarettes will be banned in Ireland from May
Minister Harris says there is evidence that menthol flavoured cigarettes may be more addictive.
# healthy ireland
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.
# vaping
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.
# lung failure
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
# Your Say
Poll: Should people be allowed to smoke on hospital grounds?
No-smoking policies are being flouted at Dublin’s maternity hospitals.
# Smoking
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.
Voices
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.
# on fire
Revenue seizes more than €1 million worth of illegal cigarettes
Revenue has intercepted a number of illegal cigarette shipments in recent weeks.
# vaping
Irish doctors monitoring US warnings about e-cigs after lung disease outbreak
Several teenagers have been placed in medically induced comas.
# Smoking
New legislation to ban sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18
The legislation will be considered by government in September.
# Smoking
'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”.
# vaping
Teen vapers are more likely to use sweet-flavoured e-cigarettes than adult vapers, study finds
The US Food and Drug Administration has declared youth e-cigarette use as an epidemic in the country.
Voices
Opinion: 'E-cigarettes may be an effective tobacco cessation tool but at what cost to society'?
‘We don’t want to solve the problems of current smokers by creating a whole new generation of smokers that the tobacco companies can prey on,’ writes Dr Des Cox.
# Your Say
Poll: Should hospitals breath-test pregnant women to check if they smoke?
Researchers say pregnant women who hide their smoking habit don’t get the level of monitoring they require.
# breathing problems
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.
# resolution
'It's not unusual to make six or more attempts': Dr Patrick Doorley on how to quit smoking in 2019
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but having clear goals and support networks to help with motivation can help chances for success.
# lighting up
Nearly €20,000 was spent on cigarettes in the Dáil bar this year
Over 1,700 packets were sold in the year to 15 October.
# COPD
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.
# bmj
Smoking and diabetes have a greater impact on heart attack risk in women than men - study
Smoking increased a woman’s risk of a heart attack by 55% more than it increased the risk in a man.
Voices
Opinion: 'Many people don't believe social smoking is harmful - as a doctor, I know that's not true'
Dr Des Cox writes about the impact that social smoking has on your health, and why people need to quit smoking altogether.