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Campaigners React to Publication of Healthy Ireland Survey Results

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The Department of Health has launched the Summary Report of the second Healthy Ireland Survey. It is an annual, interviewer administered, face-to-face survey commissioned by the Department. 7,500 people (aged 15+ and living in Ireland) participated in this year’s survey.

The results include confirmation that:
– 23% of the Irish population are smokers;

– 19% of people living in Ireland smoke on a daily basis (4% occasionally);

– 20% of those aged under 25 currently smoke.

John Mallon, spokesman for the smokers’ group Forest Ireland, said:

“It is evident from these results that, despite declarations to the contrary, there has been no significant reduction in the number of people smoking in Ireland.”
“This reinforces what Forest has been saying for many years. Lazy policy initiatives – such as continuing to lump excise onto cigarettes which we saw repeated yet again last week – are highly ineffective in actually reducing smoking rates, if that is the aim.”
“Perhaps it’s time Government began to communicate with smokers.”

Notes: The document Healthy Ireland Survey 2016 – Summary of Findings can be accessed at:
http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Healthy-Ireland-Survey-2016-Summary-Findings.pdf

For further comment:

John Mallon, Forest Ireland

Mobile:  085 117 0943
Email: contact@forestireland.com

Forest Ireland – Voice of the Smoker in Ireland