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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Tobacco

All time
# plain packaging
Tobacco giant Philip Morris ordered to pay Australian government millions
The order comes after the failed attempt to sue the country over its plain packaging laws.
Column: '8 per cent of young people aged 10 to 17 smoke cigarettes'
We need smoking prevention efforts to ensure smoking rates continue to drop among all young people, writes Donal Buggy.
# on the dry
Fewer Irish children are getting drunk and doing drugs, study finds
Cannabis and alcohol consumption is down when compared to 1998 levels.
# how to quit
Here's the official advice on how to quit smoking (and it doesn't include vaping)
Ireland’s health authority has recommended that the government wait for more studies before endorsing e-cigarettes.
# good boy
Detector dog Harvey helps Revenue seize cigarettes, tobacco and vodka in Cork
Officers estimate that the tobacco products have an estimated retail value of over €40,000.
# Smoked Out
Cash, cigarettes and tobacco seized in Revenue raids
Revenue discovered the tobacco products following a number of searches in the Louth area.
# Tobacco
Almost 6,000 people in Ireland died from the effects of smoking in 2016
Ash Ireland today urged people to consider giving up smoking in the new year.
# e-cigarettes
New research suggests e-cigarettes could be harmful to gums
More research is needed, however.
# excise
Harris pushed for €1 increase on cigarettes and 75c on wine
There was a 50 cent increase on cigarettes in Budget 2017 but none of Harris’ recommendations on alcohol were included.
# Strategic Investment
The Irish State has just sold its shares in big tobacco companies
It had been claimed that the investments made a ‘mockery’ of the State’s aim of a tobacco-free Ireland.
# stubbed out
Ireland's investment body could be stopped investing in tobacco - but doesn't invest very much in tobacco
The NTMA’s investments in the companies are made through fund managers.
# stubbed out
Doctors urge all third level institutes to ban tobacco from campuses
UCD and Trinity College have started making their universities smoke-free.
# Healthy Ireland Survey
Almost one in every four Irish adults smokes - and the numbers aren't falling
Some 23% of adults in Ireland smoke, the same proportion as in 2015.
# Mullingar
Loss of 87 jobs as Imperial Tobacco to close in Westmeath
A 30-day consultation process on redundancies is to get underway.
# Survey
Ireland has the highest alcohol prices in the EU (almost double the average)
It’s also the second most expensive country for tobacco.
Smoking will soon be banned in most Irish playgrounds
The majority of local authorities have committed to smoke-free policies.
No, smokers don't just need sympathy - They need help to stop smoking
Two in three smokers want to give up writes Donald Buggy of the Irish Cancer Society.
# Smoking
Flavoured cigarettes banned in Ireland from today
Regulation of e-cigarettes will also be enforced from today.
Hikes in prices, menthols to be banned and plain packaging - cigarettes took a big hit this week
A range of measures across the world signal big changes to how tobacco is sold.
# Let's Go Menthol
Menthol cigarettes will be 'banned in Ireland by 2020'
Part of the ECJ plan paves the way for the banning of menthol cigarettes.
# massive haul
191 litres of wine and over 300,000 cigarettes seized
The seizure was made in Belturbet, Co Cavan.
# no qualms
This letter is most blatant Big Tobacco threat to a Taoiseach you're likely to see
Carroll Industries threatened to stop investing in businesses if new laws come in
# Australia
A tobacco giant's legal challenge against plain packaging has been rejected
Philip Morris accused Australia of using a procedural issue to avoid addressing the legality and effectiveness of plain packages, calling the move “regrettable”.
# Analysis
Does raising tax on cigarettes actually work?
Is the increasing price of tobacco as good for our fiscal and physical health as it might appear?
# e-cigarettes
Vaping is about 95% less harmful than smoking
The report is the first to show that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco smoking.
# good boy
Harvey the dog has sniffed out €7,500 worth of cigarettes
Revenue seized the goods from a Polish man at Cork Airport.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the legal smoking age in Ireland be raised?
Hawaii has become the first US state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 – is this something we should be looking at?
# cough up
Canada has told tobacco firms to pay smokers over €11 billion
But the companies say they’ll appeal.
# stub it out
How do you get smokers to quit? Pay them
“With such unprecedented rates of success, the trick now is to figure out how to get more people to sign up — to feel like they have skin in the game.”
# Health Issue
Most of us don't realise severe obesity is as dangerous as smoking
The new study also said that 20% of people who describe themselves as healthy are in fact overweight.
Think Ireland getting sued by a tobacco company is odd? Then worry about this EU-US trade deal...
It may not have a catchy name but we need to pay attention the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – it poses huge ramifications for Ireland.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you welcome plain pack cigarettes?
What do you think?
# Prime Numbers
How many people want to bring Jeremy Clarkson back? It's the week in numbers
Plus: How many hours were drugs legal for in Ireland this week?
# plain packaging
There's now THREE tobacco giants threatening to sue the government
Philip Morris is threatening legal action.
# breaking the habit
Government has paid €4 million to firms linked to Big Tobacco since 2013
James Reilly oversaw a €300,000 contract involving a law firm that had represented the tobacco industry when he was Health Minister.
# No thanks
Irish Cancer Society rejects money from Arthur Cox law firm over tobacco links
Arthur Cox is believed to have donated €20,000 each of the last two years.
Why are tobacco companies opposing this so vigorously? They're afraid.
Multinational tobacco companies don’t want to see Ireland introduce plain packaging because they know it works, writes Minister James Reilly.
# Lighten up
Why we should 'relax the smoking ban in bars and give smokers a break'
Finian McGrath believes that smokers are soft targets.
# War on Tobacco
Big Tobacco is threatening James Reilly but plain packs 'will be in shops by May 2017'
Minister James Reilly said he “must drive forward” the legislation.
# Smoking
Chocolate or cigarettes? This is how these scientists prove plain packaging tobacco works
New research finds plain packaging reduces ‘cigarette-seeking’ by almost 10%.