Health Minister wants Ireland ‘smoke free’ by 2025

New proposals aimed at making Ireland smoke free in the next 12 years have been announced.
The plan by the Department of Health includes measures to ban smoking in many public areas like playgrounds and college campuses.
And it aims to cut smoking rates from 22 percent to five per cent by 2025.
The Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan says there are specific targets in mind under the proposals.
“There’s still some work that has to be done in terms of action planning – but the details of the 63 actions that relate to legislation, that relate to fiscal measures, that relate to a continued emphasis on our brief interventions, working with people in terms of health promotion – it isn’t always about new money” he said.
“It’s about how intelligently we already use the money we’re already spending – significant amounts of money – on health promotion activities and other activities of that kind, to make sure that it’s directed towards that target” he added.

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