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Policy Information

Tobacco Free Ireland

Published: 4 April 2019
From: Healthy Ireland and Department of Health

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Ireland. Each year at least 5,500 people die from diseases caused by tobacco use.

Tobacco Free Ireland was launched in October 2013. It sets a target for Ireland to have a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5% by 2025, effectively making the country a tobacco free society.

Tobacco Free Ireland has set out over 60 recommendations which address a wide range of tobacco control issues and initiatives. The main objectives that the policy set out to achieve are:

  • protection of children and denormalisation of tobacco use in Ireland
  • legislative compliance and regulating the retail environment
  • monitoring tobacco use and prevalence
  • protecting people from tobacco smoke
  • offering help to quit tobacco use
  • warning about the dangers of tobacco
  • enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
  • raising taxes on tobacco products

Tobacco Free Ireland

The full text of Tobacco Free Ireland, a report by the Tobacco Policy Review Group.