World No Tobacco Day Launches

Today has been designated as World No Tobacco Day by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

"On this day we should remember that tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The WHO (World Health Organisation) estimates that the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which 600,000 are people exposed to second hand smoke," said Minister James Reilly.

"During my term as Minister for Health I am committed to working to reduce the number of young people who start the seriously damaging habit of smoking” the Minister said. “I also believe that the vast majority of smokers want to quit and to assist them in achieving this life changing target I want to improve the services available to those who require support.

"I have recently declared my intention to seek to ban smoking in public such as beaches and parks in order to protect our children. I hope such a move will assist in the process of de-normalising smoking and will help prevent young people from taking up the habit in the first place. I have also supported Professor John Crown’s proposed legislation to ban smoking in cars where children are present."

The WHO has selected "Tobacco Industry Interference" as the theme for "World No Tobacco" day. Ireland is one of the many countries which has signed and ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).


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