According to the Department of Health, progress has been made towards making Ireland tobacco-free by the year 2025.
The publication of Tobacco Free Ireland’s 2020 annual report was welcomed by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and National Drugs Strategy Frank Feighan.
Tobacco Free Ireland, which controls the state’s national tobacco control policy, has set a target for Ireland to be tobacco-free by the year 2025.
Effectively, this would mean a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5%.
The Department of Health annually reports the implementation of the action plan, which was first published in March 2015.
The department outlined in its latest report what its 2020 achievements were in relation to the plan’s implementation. The achievements were as follows:
The inclusion of information on the dangers that are associated with tobacco use in the first substance misuse module of the Junior Cycle Social, Personal and Health Education ‘Healthy Choices 1’.
The launch of The Last Stop campaign, which is a QUIT marketing campaign by the HSE National Communications and the HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme.
The Health Research Board’s completion of three comprehensive evidence reviews on electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products.
A further increase of 50 cent for a packet of cigarettes with pro-rata increases on other tobacco products in the Budget 2021.