Ireland became the first country to go smokefree in all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and pubs, on March 29, 2004. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Ireland's smokefree air law has had no negative economic impact. Study results released in April 2013 indicated that the law had prevented an estimated 3,700 deaths.

The Irish Health Ministry has created a site called Smoke-Free at Work, which serves as a clearing house of information about the law, including news releases, implementation materials, and the like. The Office of Tobacco Control is another great site.

Ireland's smokefree workplace law enjoys over 93% public support, including 80% of smokers, a 97% compliance rate, and a 33% reduction in the smoking prevalence rate. In addition, pub and restaurant workers report being 40% healthier since the law went into effect last year.

Ireland, in addition to its leadership in protecting nonsmokers, is a great vacation destination for ANR members!

Check out Ireland's official tourism website for helpful travel information.

Smokefree & Related News

In Ireland, 10 Years of Fresh Air
New York Times June 10, 2014

On the morning of March 29, 2004, global television crews gathered outside a Dublin restaurant stocked with celebrating lawmakers to witness what few thought possible in this welcoming land of brilliant but noxious pubs.

IMO House to go smoke-free
Irish Medical Times - May 4, 2014

IMO members have instructed its Executive to make sure its headquarters in Dublin becomes tobacco free by the end of the year. Speaking on the passed ...

Westport college campus goes smoke free
Mayo Advertiser - April 30, 2014

A college in Westport has become the first third-level campus in the country, and possibly in Europe, to introduce a no smoking policy To our knowledge, Westport College of Further Education is the first third level college in Ireland, or perhaps in Europe, to announce a smoke-free campus ...

Restaurant body calls for total ban on e-cigarettes - April 25, 2014

"The national consensus in the hospitality sector is for an outright ban. ... asking the association what they should do regarding the banning of e-cigarettes in their ... caused by the smoking of e-cigarettes either between staff and customers or ...

10 years of smoke-free Ireland
World Health Organization (press release) - April 25, 2014

10 years ago, on the 24th of March 2004, Ireland introduced a ban on smoking in all workplaces as the first country in the world. Many countries have since then ...

HSE to ban e-cigs at facilities
Meath Chronicle - April 24, 2014

The decision to ban the use and sale of e-cigarettes in HSE facilities follows a detailed review of their safety and the impact of e-cigarettes on the smoke-free ...

Three out of four say smoking ban effective
Irish Health - April 24, 2014

More than three out of four people believe the workplace smoking ban, now 10 years in ... Since then, many other countries have followed suit with similar bans.

Minister defends delay in passage of anti-smoking Bill
Irish Times (ie) - April 18, 2014

Minister for Health James Reilly has defended the delay in the passage of legislation to prevent smoking in vehicles when children are present. Dr Reilly said care had to be taken with the legislation because of the power of the smoking lobby and its ...

Seanad passes Bill to ban smoking in cars with children
Newstalk 106-108 fm - April 17, 2014

The legislation would extend the workplace smoking ban to any car carrying people ... He says banning smoking in cars carrying children is the vital next step.

Ban cigarette sales in pubs and clubs and at night, report urges
Irish Independent (ie) - April 4, 2014

It also wants the introduction of restricted trading hours for the sale of tobacco. The plan would make it illegal to sell cigarettes between 7am and 9am and after 6pm. The recommendations are contained in a report arising out of its series of hearings

TCDSU to “Actively Oppose” Tobacco-Free Trinity Initiative
The University Times - April 4, 2014

The TFT initiative has sought to evaluate the feasibility of a smoking ban on Trinity grounds partly through assessing smoking habits within the college. From a ...

Beaumont staff to 'police' smoking ban
Irish Medical Times - April 2, 2014

A renewed campaign to enforce compliance with the tobacco-free policy on the campus of Dublin's Beaumont Hospital, introduced in July 2012, is currently ...

Banning smoking in cars and how Ireland can attract the Rugby ... - April 2, 2014

Every day the D... and Seanad are sitting, brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the ...

E-cigarettes could be facing an all-out hospital ban - March 31, 2014

At present there are no specific regulations governing electronic cigarettes in Ireland, with the Department of Health saying that they plan to have rules in place ...

Irish pubs keep spark despite a decade smoke-free
Medical Xpress ( - March 28, 2014

...Irish pubs keep spark despite a decade smoke-free by Conor Barrins Ten years ago this week, landlord Christy Ruane feared the introduction of the smoking ban in Ireland would stub out his business, and with it the popularity of ...

Leading Irish consultant compares e-cigs to methadone
Irish Independent (ie) - March 27, 2014

A HOSPITAL consultant has compared electronic cigarettes to heroin substitute methadone after revealing that two children arrived in an emergency department after being poisoned by liquid nicotine. ...

'Potential harm' of e-cigarettes to be monitored
Irish Medical Times (ie) - March 27, 2014

The Department of Health will continue to monitor existing and emerging evidence on the potential harm and the potential benefits of e-cigarettes. The EU Tobacco Products Directive does not cover rules on smoke-free environments in relation to e-cigare ...

US academic calls on State to regulate e-cigarettes
Irish Times - March 25, 2014

A Harvard professor has called on the Government to show leadership in the EU by regulating electronic cigarettes as medical devices. Prof Gregory Connolly, director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at Harvard, argues that if unregulated, e-cigarettes could be the panacea for the tobacco industrys woes by discouraging quitting and encouraging children to take up smoking. However, if regulated, e-cigarettes could offer a miracle for getting people to quit smoking. Prof Connolly was in Dublin yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the workplace smoking ban at an event in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). The reason why I came here is to tell this nation you need to go in and show leadership within the EU. Youve got to pass a law here regulating [e-cigarettes] as medical devices, he told The Irish Times

Call for smoke ban outside all public buildings - March 25, 2014

IT has been a decade since the smoking ban was introduced, and the ... for smoking in cars where children are present to be completely banned," he said.

Ten years of workplace smoking ban in Republic of Ireland
BBC News - March 24, 2014

Ten years ago the Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce a workplace smoking ban. People in the Republic got used very quickly to the smoking ban, which has been followed by many other states.

Heart attacks fell by more than 10 per cent after the workplace smoking ban Nicky Ryan - March 24, 2014

There was a more than 10 per cent fall in heart attack rates since the introduction of the workplace smoking ban, according to the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF).

Smoking ban saves 4000 lives since 2004, says Martin
Irish Times - March 24, 2014

Almost 4,000 lives have been saved because of the introduction of the smoking ban in pubs 10 years ago, Fianna F? leader Miche?Martin told the party ...

Airport and Aviva to join ban on e-cigs unregulated: E-cigarette - March 24, 2014

THE capital is one step closer to being totally vape-free, with Dublin Airport and the Aviva Stadium becoming the latest places to ban the use of electronic cigarettes. They join Irish Rail, Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus which recently announced that they were banning the practice.

Quitters say ban is unfair, but there is no conclusive evidence on using e-cigarettes to quit
Irish Times - March 24, 2014

Last month, Iarnr?ireann even banned the consumption of e-cigarettes. These battery-powered devices resemble cigarettes and deliver nicotine via inhaled ...

Law banning smoking in cars due in weeks, Reilly says
Irish Times - March 24, 2014

Dr Reilly also said he would like to see e-cigarettes being brought in on a purely medicinal advice. The Government would certainly ban them for under 18.

Call to end legislation delay banning smoking in cars
Irish Examiner - March 24, 2014

... of the workplace ban, more policy measures were needed to achieve a Tobacco Free Ireland and prevent serious health problems in the next generation. ...

Reilly aims for smoke-free society by 2025 - March 24, 2014

Tobacco Free Research Institute Ireland estimates that 3,700 lives have been saved as a result of the smoking ban. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland ...

Poll: Has the smoking ban changed your attitude to smoking? - March 24, 2014

THIS WEEK MARKS the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the smoking ban ... was the then-Health Minister and brought in the change the ban has saved ...

Colleges told to ban smoking on whole campus
Irish Independent - March 23, 2014

UNIVERSITIES and colleges should extend the indoor smoking ban to their entire grounds, an expert group has urged.

A history of smoking bans: Ireland and the world
Irish Times March 22, 2014

1992: a voluntary code is introduced that encourages smoking restrictions in the workplace .

All change in the smoking zone
Irish Times - March 21, 2014

Yet despite the general success of the smoking ban, the habit persists, especially in certain age groups. There was a rise in smoking among 15- to 17-year-olds ...

Ireland should lead the e-cigarette way
Irish Medical Times - March 21, 2014

Health promotion has reached a plateau in helping save smokers' lives and it's time ... Decades later, Micheál Martin introduced a smoking ban, which has been ...

Market Bar is hit with €750 smoking fine - March 20, 2014

A DUBLIN pub co-owned by celebrity restaurateur Jay Bourke and Electric Picnic founder John Reynolds has been hit with fines for breaking the smoking ban.

Scaremongering or safe? The two sides to banning e-cigarettes in ... - March 19, 2014

COULD RESTAURANTS IN Ireland end up banning electronic cigarettes? Currently, e-cigarettes are not illegal, but there is the possibility that individual restaurants might decide themselves if they want people smoking the devices on ...

Time to clear the air over use of e-cigarettes
Irish Examiner - March 18, 2014

Depending on who you talk to, e-cigarettes offer the greatest hope of eliminating or drastically reducing harmful smoking or they are a new way for tobacco ...

What it says in the papers
Irish Independent - March 18, 2014

'Pubs and restaurants on verge of e-cigarette ban' the Irish Examiner also ... smoking ban, pubs and restaurants are to start banning e-cigarettes because of a ...

E-cigarettes - Encouraging smoking
Irish Examiner - March 18, 2014

It is almost a decade since smoking was banned in the workplace and in some ... One of the great benefits of the smoking ban is that those who wish to stop ...

Dr Nina Nyrnes: daughter's smoking hurts her children
Irish Independent - March 17, 2014

You are absolutely right to be concerned about your daughter's smoking and its effects on the ... We have banned it in public places due to this known fact.

E-cigarettes now banned on all buses - March 17, 2014

Electronic cigarettes have been outlawed on all buses. The news will come as a breath of fresh air for commuters on Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann, as both companies have extended their policy on tobacco smoking to include the prohibition of e-cigarettes and smoking vapour devices. ...

new doll ... same old stereotype - March 14, 2014

I thought e-cigs were odour-free? If they're banned on the grounds of smell rather than health, why not ban people wearing strong perfume or those who haven't ...

Poll: Should e-cigarettes be banned in all workplaces? - March 11, 2014

IRISH RAIL HAVE taken the decision to ban e-cigarettes on all train services and the DART. E-cigarettes are marketed as a way to help people stop smoking but they do contain nicotine and were recently banned for under-18s. But should Irish Rail's ban ...

E-cigs banned from DART and trains
Dublin People - March 10, 2014

IRISH Rail has confirmed that electronic cigarettes are now banned from all its DART and train services. The company says it made the decision following complaints from passengers, ...

Fine Gael TD slams 'HSE smoking police'
Irish Independent March 9, 2014

The tough new anti-smoking rules that the HSE is planning to impose in HSE-run nursing homes have been slammed by Fine Gael party chair, Charlie Flanagan. Mr Flanagan said the rules, which are designed to end the exempted status of nursing homes from the smoking ban, "fail to respect the dignity and liberties of ...

Age Action welcomes campus smoking ban exemption for some ... Nicky Ryan - March 5, 2014

“There were good reasons why nursing homes and psychiatric facilities were exempt from the original smoking ban, and these reasons have not changed,” ...

E-cigs could 'renormalise' smoking
Irish Health - March 3, 2014

Anti-tobacco campaigner Professor Luke Clancy has warned that the unrestricted availability of electronic cigarettes could undermine the lifesaving achievements of the smoking ban by 'renormalising' smoking in society. Ireland celebrates the tenth anniversary of the ban on smoking in workplaces next month.

"We are lost without him": Family's grief after anti-smoking campaigner Gerry Collins dies
Irish Mirror - March 3, 2014

The QUIT actor, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer after first beating throat cancer, passed away on Sunday

Mayo General Hospital to Become Completely Smoke-Free Zone
TopNews New Zealand - February 28, 2014

There have been a number of hospitals like Galway University Hospital, which have become smoke-free in 2012 and Roscommon Hospital that introduced the ...

All Midlands HSE sites to be smoke free from Wednesday
Westmeath Independent - February 28, 2014

All HSE sites in the Midlands are introducing a smoke-free campus policy from today (Wednesday). From that date it will no longer be possible to smoke ...

Cigarette company unveils scary-looking anti plain-pack website
The (ie) - February 21, 2014

A TOBACCO COMPANY has unveiled a new website claiming to offer the ‘plain facts’ on the issue of the revised rules for cigarette packaging being planned by Health Minister James Reilly. The site — designed in a stark grey, white and yellow colour scheme...

'We need to follow UK lead on car smoke ban' - February 12, 2014

ASH Ireland said a vote by MPs in the British parliament yesterday overwhelmingly in favour of banning smoking in cars in which children are present is a step ...

E-cigarette sales soaring as 50000 smokers make switch
Irish Independent - February 3, 2014

E-cigarettes are battery-operated cartridges which heat up a special liquid to create a ... The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland said it had asked the ...

Hospital smoking bans are being ignored - February 2, 2014

The HSE states that moving towards a tobacco free society will reduce the number of premature deaths from tobacco and result in healthier, longer and better ...

138 jobs for Galway with Rossport Pharmaceutical
CareersPortal - January 31, 2014

Rossport Pharmaceutical, a company that manufactures electronic cigarettes is to create 138 jobs in Co Galway. It is understood that the positions will be ...

State agency to grant-aid e-cigarette production in Connemara
Irish Times - January 31, 2014

As Minister for Health Dr James Reilly considers banning the sale of e-cigarettes to those under the age of 18, State agency Údarás na Gaeltachta is to grant-aid ...

Reilly considers U-18s ban on e-cigarettes - January 27, 2014

The Health Minister James Reilly is set to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s. Manufacturers claim e-cigarettes can assist smokers kick the habit of ...

Powerful US lobby group fights cigarette packaging changes
Irish Times - January 25, 2014

The influential Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America in Washington has joined the lobbying campaign against proposals by the Department of Health to ban tobacco advertising on cigarette packets.

HSE says hospitals will be smoke-free by 2015 - January 6, 2014

ALL 51 HOSPITALS will be smoke-free the end of the year, says the Health Service Executive (HSE). The ban on smoking is only left to be implemented in four ...

St Luke's hospital bans all smoking
Kildare Nationalist - January 6, 2014

St Luke's Hospital in Dublin has officially become a smoke-free campus.

Four more hospital campuses to become smoke-free zones from ... - January 3, 2014

Dr Osama Salib, Consultant Radiation Oncologist and Joint Chair of the St Luke's Tobacco Free Campus Working Group, said that the initiative provides an ...

Bill to outlaw tobacco lobbying defeated in Seanad
Irish Times - December 19, 2013

The Government has defeated a Seanad private members Bill to criminalise lobbying of government officials by tobacco manufacturers and their representatives by 25 votes to 22

Reilly pushes for tighter nicotine controls - December 10, 2013

E-cigarettes should not be marketed as a consumer product, Minister for Health James Reilly has said. He said in some cases e-cigarettes had more nicotine ...

The Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar A Smoke Free Campus!!
Westmeath Independent - November 11, 2013

The Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar campus became a smoke-free zone on Friday, November 1. Smoking is now not permitted anywhere on the hospital ...

Laois lambasts pubs smoking ban
Leinster Express - November 4, 2013

And next week publicans from across the country will converge on Portlaoise to vent their annoyance at a national rally. This rally has been organised after the grass roots members of the Vintners Federation of Ireland demanded a platform to vent their frustration concerning the Governments proposals on smoking prohibition on their premises.

No ifs, no butts, no smoking... Mullingar hospital goes smoke free
Westmeath Examiner - October 31, 2013

Mr Shu Hoashi, Clinical Director said, Introducing the Smoke Free Campus policy at Mullingar Hospital provides an environment that promotes health and ...

Smoking ban to begin at maternity hospitals - October 31, 2013

Smoking is to be banned from the grounds of Dublin's three main maternity ... The ban, which will apply to pregnant women, new mothers, visitors and staff, ...

DU Smoke? Leanna Byrne interviews a spokesperson from DU ...
The University Times - October 25, 2013

The freedom of choice is a crucial principle for the new Facebook lobby group Dublin University (DU) Smokers as they are committed to providing a platform for Trinity smokers to oppose the proposed Tobacco Free Trinity (TFT).

Tobacco lobby link to debate in RCPI
Irish Times - October 25, 2013

One of the Republics leading medical organisations that campaigns against smoking has admitted it rented out its premises this week for a debate organised by a UK group that receives funding from the tobacco industry. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) said it was unaware that the Institute of Economic Affairs, which held a debate on smoking in the colleges premises at Kildare Street in Dublin on Wednesday night, receives support from British American Tobacco.

Christopher Snowden: Why our efforts to cut smoking have been a ...
Irish Independent - October 23, 2013

It has banned the sale of 10 packs of cigarettes, introduced a display ban and ... of smoking bans and advertising bans, and the size of health warning labels.

Tobacco Free Trinity Town Hall Meetings Begin The consultation ...
The University Times - October 21, 2013

The first of the Town Hall Meetings on the proposed Tobacco Free Trinity (TFT) Project took place last Wednesday morning at 10am and the voice of those ...

CLIFFORD: If Government is serious it should go the whole hog and ban cigarettes
Irish Independent - October 15, 2013

Again, addicted to a drug the Government refuses to ban. If they give up, it will be on their terms – not the HSE's. And what of patients with mental health problems? In their darkest hour, is some security guard really going to prevent them from ...

FLANAGAN: Government Health plan a real drag for smokers
Irish Daily Mirror - October 12, 2013

...pity the poor non-consultant doctors who are forced to make life-or-death decisions after working 24-hour shifts without the comfort of a smoke. The irony being if they did happen to kill a patient while in a sleep-deprived daze they’d face less sanction...

Healy-Rae furious at smoking ban in Kerry hospital
Kildare Nationalist - October 9, 2013

Healy-Rae furious at smoking ban in Kerry hospital ... The Health Service Executive has confirmed that smoking will be banned on the entire Kerry General ...

Healy-Rae furious at smoking ban in Kerry hospitals
Irish Examiner - October 9, 2013

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that smoking will be banned on the ... Mental Health Act prohibits such a ban as this taking into account their area." ...

Cornelsen, L.; Normand, C.; "Impact of the Irish smoking ban on sales in bars using a large business-level data set from 1999 to 2007," Tobacco Control [Epub ahead of print], October 8, 2013.

Background Ireland introduced comprehensive smoke-free workplace legislation in 2004. This study evaluates the economic impact of the workplace smoking ban on the value of sales in bars. ... Results The overall impact of the Irish smoking ban on bar sales appears to be very small. The ban was associated with an increase in sales among medium to large bars in the Border-Midland-West (more rural) region of Ireland, and a small reduction in sales among large bars in the more urban, South-East region. We failed to find any evidence of a change in bar sales in the remaining categories studied. Conclusions The results indicate that although some bars saw positive effects and some negative, the overall impact of the smoking ban on the value of sales in bars was negligible. These findings provide further supporting evidence that comprehensive smoke-free workplace legislation does not harm hospitality businesses while having positive health effects.

'Tobacco-free' plan for Republic of Ireland
BBC News - October 4, 2013

The Irish health minister has published a plan to make the state "tobacco-free" by 2025. Dr James Reilly has defined a "tobacco-free Ireland" as a state where less than 5% of the population smoke.

Smoking to be banned from everywhere on HSE campuses
Anglo Celt - October 3, 2013

All hospitals and HSE health care facilities in Cavan and Monaghan are to become entirely smoking free zone from next month. The HSE are branding their ...

Health minister wants to make Ireland tobacco-free by 2025
Irish Mirror - October 3, 2013

Launching a campaign to make Ireland tobacco-free by 2025, the health minister compared the introduction of new laws demanding that all tobacco products are sold in plain packaging to the budget.

UCD students vote for smoke-free campus
Irish Times - October 3, 2013

Cigarette breaks by the Belfield lake are one step closer to ending at University College Dublin where students have voted in favour of a smoke-free campus. The vote result means that the UCD Students Union (UCDSU) will support a proposal by the universitys health promotion committee to make the campus smoke free.

They can have the vote when they live here
Irish Independent - October 3, 2013

So, Irish universities are talking about banning smoking on their campuses. This will "encourage students and staff" to think about their smoking, and further ...

Many council playgrounds smoke free
Irish Health - October 3, 2013

Most county council and city council playgrounds have decided to go smoke free, following a request by anti-smoking group, ASH Ireland. According to ASH, two ...

Dublin's two biggest Universities are weighing up plans to become ...
98FM - September 30, 2013

Trinity College is already conducting a study on the feasibility of a smoking ban on its grounds, while the UCD Students Union is holding a referendum on the ...

Maternity hospital grounds to be smoke-free from 2015
Irish Independent - September 25, 2013

PREGNANT women and new mothers who smoke will be banned from doing so on the grounds of the country's three main maternity hospitals.

Tullamore hospital now smoke free
Westmeath Independent - September 3, 2013

The Midland Regional Hospital campus in Tullamore is now a smoke-free zone. The changes came into effect last Sunday, September 1. Since then smoking ...

Trying to 'enjoy' a smoke is just too difficult now
Irish Independent - July 29, 2013

An extension of the smoking ban from the workplace to public areas such as parks ... The ban changed my way of thinking to smoke indoors anywhere now is ...

Smoking Bans on School Campuses and Creche Grounds
TopNews Arab Emirates - July 29, 2013

The new bans are a result of a report that suggested ban introduced in 2000 has done a little to curb smoking rates. The report was made by the UK-based ...

Reilly aims for tobacco-free Ireland by 2025
Evening Echo Cork - July 25, 2013

Health Minister James Reilly said he wants Ireland to become completely tobacco free by 2025.

Review to examine if e-cigarettes should only be sold in pharmacies
Irish Independent - July 15, 2013

THE Department of Health is carrying out a review to see if e-cigarettes should be licensed and only sold in pharmacies under proposals to tighten up the ...

Mark Keenan: Will EU ruling take the puff out of e-cigarette revolution? July 9, 2013

IN a landmark ruling, the UK has decreed that electronic cigarettes are to be reclassified and regulated as 'medicine'. Ireland will follow next year with December's EU Tobacco Products Directive, calling for similar action by 2014. The rush to regulate the e-cig follows a surge in usage sales doubled last year in America to $1bn for the first time, prompting a leading analyst to predict that they'll outstrip regular cigarettes within a decade.

Cancer society looks for regulation of e-cigarettes
Irish Examiner-June 17, 2013

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland advised pharmacies two years ago that, in the absence of regulation, e-cigarettes should not be offered for sale in ...

Sligo Regional Hospital introduce Smoke Free Campus Policy
Leitrim Observer - May 30, 2013

The HSE has set a target of introducing the Smoke Free Campus Policy to all healthcare sites by 2015, and we will introduce this policy at Sligo Regional ...

Limerick smokers urged to oppose prohibition
Limerick Post - May 23, 2013

A MAN who set up a lobby group representing the rights of Irish smokers has called on Limerick smokers to stand up to what he describes as Prohibition extremism in a free society. John Mallon, the spokesman for the group Forest Eireann said he is undertaking a national tour against a backdrop of increasingly restrictive measures on smoking and tobacco, including campaigns to de-normalise the habit.

Smoking at home may cause as many fatalities as road crashes
Irish Times (ie) - May 21, 2013

Smoking in the home may be causing as many fatalities as road traffic collisions according to new research commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency. The research entitled 'Indoor Air Pollution' shows the concentration of damaging particulates in the air in the homes of those who smoke indoors was six times higher than the World Health Organisation's recommendation for general outdoor air quality. The research was completed by NUI Galway and staff at the University of Aberdeen, the Institute of Occupational Medicine Edinburgh, and the University of Birmingham. It concluded there was a glaring need to address the policy and health implications of smoke in private homes. …

More than 3700 smoking related deaths prevented due to ban
Irish Independent - April 29, 2013

MORE than 3,700 deaths have been prevented in Ireland since the introduction of the smoking ban in March 2004, according to a new study.

Stallings-Smith, S.; Zeka, A.; Goodman, P.; Kabir, Z.; Clancy, L., "Reductions in cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory mortality following the national Irish smoking ban: interrupted time-series analysis," PLOS ONE 8(4): e62063, April 24, 2013.

This study found that the smokefree air law in Ireland resulted in lower mortality overall and from heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The abstract stated, "The national Irish smoking ban was associated with immediate reductions in early mortality. Importantly, post-ban risk differences did not change with a longer follow-up period. This study corroborates previous evidence for cardiovascular causes, and is the first to demonstrate reductions in cerebrovascular and respiratory causes."

Sligo Regional Hospital to become a Smoke Free Campus
Leitrim Observer - April 24, 2013

The Smoke Free Campus policy will apply to all staff, patients, visitors, contractors and anyone who enters the hospital campus or buildings. This will ensure that ...

Kabir, Z.; Keogan, S.; Clarke, V.; Clancy, L., "Second-hand smoke exposure levels and tobacco consumption patterns among a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Ireland," Public Health [Epub ahead of print] April 21, 2013.

Electronic cigarette sales up but risks still unknown
Irish Independent - April 8, 2013

SALES of electronic cigarettes have trebled this year – but smokers are still uncertain ... Electronic cigarettes deliver a nicotine kick without the cancer-causing ...

Plan to renew measures on tobacco, alcohol and sugar
Irish Medical Times (ie) - April 4, 2013

Minister Reilly stated at the publication of ‘Healthy Ireland: A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025’, that he intended to bring a memo to Government shortly on a move towards plain-packaged cigarette boxes as an extra measure ...

Gilroy, I.; Donnelly, N.; Matthews, W.; Doherty, K.; Conlon, G.; Clarke, A.T.; Daly, L.; Kelleher, C.; Fitzpatrick, P., "Smoking in vehicles is lower than mobile telephone use while driving, but is socially patterned," Irish Medical Journal 106(4): 118-120, April 2013.

Overall the observed prevalence of both smoking (1.39%) and mobile telephone use (2.56%) was low but the latter was somewhat higher (p<0.01) (Table 1). The observed rate in the south-side location was non-significantly lower for smoking but higher for mobile telephone use (p<0.001). There was no significant variation according to time of day (p>0.05) (Table 1) but more males than females were observed undertaking both activities and most were in the mid age range (Table 2). The majority were in cars rather than in vans or taxis and no lorry-drivers were observed. There was an inverse pattern according to car value for smoking drivers but no clear gradient was observed for mobile telephone use. The rates of smoking according to car value were calculated using the reference information and it was shown that smoking rates decreased markedly as the value of the car rose, from 2.05% in the lowest quartile of value to 0.5% in the highest quartile (p=0.029) but no significant association with car value was observed for mobile telephone usage. Eight adult passengers and just one child were observed as being exposed to a smoking adult driver in the survey.

Kabir, Z.; Daly, S.; Clarke, V.; Keogan, S.; Clancy, L., "Smoking ban and small-for-gestational age births in Ireland," PLoS One 8(3): e57441, March 2013.

Background: Ireland introduced a comprehensive workplace smoke-free legislation in March, 2004. Smoking-related adverse birth outcomes have both health care and societal cost implications. The main aim of this study was to determine the impact of the Irish smoke-free legislation on small-for-gestationa- age (SGA) births. ... Conclusions: A significant reduction in small-for-gestational birth rates both immediately and sustained over the post-ban period, reinforces the mounting evidence of the positive health effect of a successful comprehensive smoke-free legislation in a vulnerable population group as pregnant women.

Smoking ban at Beaumont being ignored - March 23, 2013

PATIENTS and visitors to a so-called tobacco-free hospital are flouting the ban on smoking, the Herald has learned. Bosses at Dublin's Beaumont Hospital have admitted that smoking on the campus is still widespread, nine months after it declared that it was becoming a ...

Number of pub licences issued last year down 273 on 2011
Irish Times - March 4, 2013

More than 270 Irish pubs closed last year, while the three main categories of off-licences were also down, according to data from the Revenue Commissioners on the number of licences issued. … Mr Rafter said a number of factors over the past decade – the 2004 smoking ban, reductions in drink-driving alcohol limits, a proliferation in off-licences and people drinking at home and, more recently, the economic downturn impacting on disposable income – have fed into the increase in pub closures. …

Study correlates smoking bans with 'successive reductions' in ...
Irish Medical Times - February 28, 2013

Smoking bans are associated with a “consistent pattern of reduction in the risk ... the risk of preterm birth after the introduction of each phase of the smoking ban.

ANALYSIS: Big Tobacco hurt by legal and mindset changes
Irish Examiner - February 22, 2013

In November, a judge ruled that tobacco companies which lied about the dangers of cigarettes must cough up for a public campaign to advertise their deception.

Temple St 1st smoke-free kids' hospital
Irish Health-February 13, 2013

While it is the first smoke-free children's hospital, it joins 18 adult hospitals who have already introduced this rule. According to Dr Fiona Healy, a consultant ...

Health and cost prompt most to quit smoking
The Nationalist-February 13, 2013

Health and cost prompt most to quit smoking. Tweet ... "In relation to children, we know that those exposed to second-hand smoke alone are at risk of respiratory ...

Court to decide if 'pagoda-style' smoking area breaches rules
Irish Independent - January 31, 2013

THE High Court has been asked to decide whether a pagoda style smoking area in the courtyard of a Donegal pub breaches the smoking ban. The "Fisherman's Inn" in Main Street, St Johnston, erected a wooden structure with a perspex type roof which the health authorities say is effectively a room within a room because it is surrounded by four walls of the main premises. ...

Smoking ban for motorists with children in cars - January 12, 2013

Legislation to ban smoking in cars where children are passengers may be ready by the end of the month. Independent Senator John Crown and other campaigners have said they have met Department of Health officials. …

Smoking ban may be extended to cars where children are present
Newstalk 106-108 fm - January 12, 2013

The Health Minister has confirmed that he plans to extend the smoking ban to ... Passengers and drivers face fines of €3,000, if they smoke in a commercial or ...

Mixed reaction to smoking ban move
Irish Times - January 12, 2013

Anti-smoking campaign group ASH Ireland has welcomed reports that new legislation to ban smoking in cars with children could be enacted later this year.

Legislation approved to ban smoking in cars with children present
The Nationalist - January 12, 2013

Radical legislation banning smoking in vehicles carrying children has been ... The Irish Cancer Society has welcomed plans for the extended smoking ban and ...

Drop smoking ban
Leinster Express - December 13, 2012

Cllr Jerry Lodge disagreed, saying that the councillors were leaders in the community and as smoking is bad for your health the hospital were right to ban it ...

Calls to drop outdoor smoking ban at hospital
Offaly Express - December 12, 2012

Kicking the Habit Amy Byrne, Sacred Heart School, Portlaoise helps to launch the smoke free campus at Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise with Finola Shiel ...

HSE to ban smoking on hospital grounds
Laois Nationalist - September 18, 2012

Circulars seen by the Laois Nationalist have been issued to all staff members for when the 'no smoking' ban comes into force, with just a few exemptions in ...

Call For Smoke Free Playgrounds
North County Leader Newspaper - September 11, 2012

In an effort to maintain this family centred focus of our parks, the County Council has decided to adopt a smoke free policy in all of our local authority controlled ...

Smoke free campus to be launched at LGH
Donegal Democrat - September 10, 2012

With the imminent launch of a Smoke Free Campus at Letterkenny General Hospital, Elaine Robinson, Smoking Cessation Officer, LGH, offers some startling ...

Eight people a day caught breaking rules on smoking at Limerick Regional Hospital
Limerick Leader - September 7, 2012

AN average of eight people a day were observed smoking in the grounds of the Mid-Western Regional hospital after the practice was outlawed, according to statistics. …

Should we stub out smoking forever?
Cork News - September 6, 2012

Ireland's smoking ban in public places has been a spectacular success, but with hundreds of ... That's like banning cars because they cause accidents. Where ... If they banned that, think about the huge revenue they'd be turning their back on." ...

Letterkenny General Hospital campus smoking ban to begin next week
Highland Radio - September 6, 2012

Letterkenny General Hospital campus smoking ban to begin next week ... the St Conal's Hospital Campus are to become completley smoke free from next week ...

Smoking ban swings into 100 playgrounds
Irish Independent - August 27, 2012

SMOKING has been banned in more than 100 playgrounds around the ... that a smoking ban would "be an excellent initiative designed to protect children".

McCaffrey, M.; Goodman, P.; Gavigan, A.; Kenny, C.; Hogg, C.; Byrne, L.; McLaughlin, J.; Young, K.; Clancy, L., "Should any workplace be exempt from smoke-free law: the Irish experience," Journal of Environmental and Public Health [Epub ahead of print], 2012.

Background. In 2004, the Irish Government introduced national legislation banning smoking in workplaces; with exemptions for "a place of residence". This paper summarises three Irish studies of exempted premises; prisons, psychiatric hospitals and nursing homes. Methods. PM2.5 and nicotine were measured in nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals, in addition to ultrafine particles in the hospitals. In the prisons, officers (n = 30) completed exhaled breath Carbon Monoxide (CO) measurements. Questionnaires determined officers' opinion on introducing smoking prohibitions in prisons. Nursing home smoking policies were examined and questionnaires completed by staff regarding workplace secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure. Findings. Ultrafine particle concentrations in psychiatric hospitals averaged 130,000 per cm3, approximately 45% higher than Dublin pub levels (85,000 per cm3) pre ban. PM2.5 levels in psychiatric hospitals (39.5 ìg/m3) were similar to Dublin pubs (35.5 ìg/m3) pre ban. In nursing homes permitting smoking, similar PM2.5 levels (33 ìg/m3) weremeasured, with nicotine levels (0.57 ìg/m3) four times higher than "non-smoking" nursing homes (0.13 ìg/m3). In prisons, 44% of non-smoking officers exhibited exhaled breath CO criteria for light to heavy smokers. Conclusions. With SHS exposure levels in some exempted workplaces similar to Dublin pubs levels pre ban, policies ensuring full protection must be developed and implemented as a right for workers, inmates and patients.

Councils move to ensure playgrounds 'smoke free'
Irish Times - July 24, 2012

FINGAL COUNTY Council has become the first local authority in the State to formally adopt a policy ensuring all of its children's playgrounds are “smoke-free” ...

Ban on smoking at open-air concerts
Irish Times - July 24, 2012

Sir, – Brian Kelly (July 20th) will be pleased to know that measures to limit smoking at outdoor events are already in force here in Finland, the actions being ...

Majority want cig sales ban
Irish Health - July 24, 2012

Majority want cig sales ban. ... 'Ban smoking in cars with kids'. ... Nearly two out of three people believe that smoking should be completely banned by 2025, ...

Playground smoking ban in force next week - Jul 4, 2012

A PLAYGROUND smoking ban is expected to be imposed across north Dublin ... the footsteps of New York where smoking has been banned in all public parks, ...

Beaumont becomes a tobacco-free campus - July 3, 2012

Beaumont Hospital will become a tobacco-free campus from tomorrow – 4 July – as the hospital moves to create a healthy, clean and safer environment for ...

Fine Gael chairman Flanagan attacks proposed ban on smoking in ...
Irish Independent - Jun 30, 2012

... Flanagan has attacked a proposed new law banning smoking in cars. ... saying: "Politics should be about positive achievements rather than just ban, ban, ban. …

Micheál Martin to pick up FF award for enacting smoking ban - Jun 30, 2012

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to receive an award for political leadership from the partys womens group this afternoon. …

Government approves law to ban smoking in cars with children - June 27, 2012

The Government yesterday approved the drafting of new laws that will ban ... are to debate new legislation next month calling for smoking to be banned in cars ...

Government to go ahead with car smoking ban
Newstalk 106-108 fm - June 26, 2012

The government is to go ahead with plans to ban smoking in cars carrying ... Minister James Reilly said he was examining banning smoking in parks and on ...

Smoking ban 'has saved over 1700 lives'
Irish Independent - June 7, 2012

MORE than 1700 people are alive today thanks to anti-smoking measures introduced in recent years, new research has revealed, writes Eilish O'Regan.

Galway News - May 23, 2012

The chairman of the regional health forum west says the smoking ban enforced ... He said that the blue line policy, which bans smoking on hospital grounds, was ...

Patients hide in bushes to evade smoking ban
Irish Examiner (ie) - May 23, 2012

Patients dressed in pyjamas at a smoke-free hospital campus are hiding behind trees and bushes to smoke, chairman of the HSE West Forum has said.

Currie, L.M.; Blackman, K.; Clancy, L.; Levy, D.T., "The effect of tobacco control policies on smoking prevalence and smoking-attributable deaths in Ireland using the IrelandSS simulation model," Tobacco Control [Epub ahead of print], May 26, 2012.

This study attempted to quantify the effect of tobacco policy between 1998 and 2010 on smoking prevalence reductions by 2010. The study used IrelandSS, which is an adapted version of SimSmoke, a dynamic simulation model. For tobacco control policies implemented between 1998 and 2010, there was a 22 percent relative reduction in smoking prevalence and 1716 fewer smoking-attributable deaths (SADs) by 2010 increasing to a projected 29 percent relative reduction in prevalence and 50,215 fewer SADs by 2040. ...

Security to enforce ban on smoking at Limerick hospitals
Limerick Leader - May 8, 2012

Local councillor Richard Butler agrees with the ban on smoking by visitors but says allowing patients to smoke only when permitted by senior doctors is ...

Ban on smoking in parks would 'save our children' - May 2, 2012

By Clodagh Sheehy HEALTH Minister James Reilly is determined to press ahead with his outdoor smoking ban for parks and beaches. …

Cornelsen, L.; Normand, C., "Impact of the smoking ban on the volume of bar sales in Ireland - evidence from time series analysis," Health Economics 21(5): 551- 561, May 2012.

This Irish study found a decline in bar sales by -4.6 percent following implementation of a clean indoor air law. The authors stated, "Although the -4.6 percent decline in the volume of sales is not marginal, it is small in comparison to the total reduction in the sales over the years from 2001 to 2009. The drop from the peak of the series in May 201 to the bottom of the series in November 2009 is -48 percent and half of that if the recessionary period is excluded from the series with most of the fall attributable to constantly increasing prices above the inflation rate."

Declan Lynch: Last luxury goes up in a puff of smoke
Irish Independent - Apr 29, 2012

THE suggestion by Minister James Reilly that smoking should be banned on beaches and in public parks ... mainly through the introduction of the smoking ban.

Proposed Ban On Smoking In Public Places Criticised - April 24, 2012

Plans to ban smoking in parks and on beaches has been described as dangerous by a pro-smoking lobby. Forest Éireann said, unlike previous restrictions on ...

Pro-Smoking Group Lashes Out At Reilly's Anti- Smoking Crusade
TopNews New Zealand - April 24, 2012

It seems that it would not be easy for the Health Minister, James Reilly to impose smoking ban in open areas as there is rising opposition to the same. …

Irish parks and beaches smoking ban plan condemned
BBC News - April 24, 2012

A plan by the Irish government to ban smoking in parks and on beaches has been condemned by a pro-smoking lobby group. Forest Eireann claimed it was ...

Cancer Society welcomes proposal to ban smoking in parks and on ... - Apr 23, 2012

The Irish Cancer Society is welcoming proposals by the Health Minister Dr James Reilly to introduce a ban on smoking in parks and on beaches. …

Open air smoking ban likely
Irish Health - Apr 21, 2012

Health Minister James Reilly is proposing to extend the smoking ban to a wide range of outdoor areas. Under his proposals, smoking would be banned in places ...

Picture a car filled with second-hand smoke and child in the seat
Irish Independent - Apr 14, 2012

I smoked when I was a medical student, when I was a young doctor, ... by a simple short amendment to the existing smoking ban -- would extend it to include ...

New bill wants to make smoking in cars illegal...
JOE - April 10, 2012

Lighting up a cigarette in your car may soon become a thing of the past if a new bill has anything to do with it. Yes, it sounds like a nightmare but a smoking ban in your car could become a reality sooner than expected. …

Smoking legislation to be debated - April 10, 2012

By David Richardson The Seanad are to debate new legislation next month calling for smoking to be banned in cars with children in. The legislation comes 10 ...

Seanad to debate proposed ban on smoking in cars with children - April 10, 2012

The Seanad will debate new legislation next month calling for smoking to be banned in cars where children are present. It comes 10 years after the workplace ...

Playgrounds set to soon become smoke-free zones
Fingal Independent - March 27, 2012

FINGAL'S PLAYGROUNDS may soon be smoke-free zones with the council committing to expanding a pilot scheme to ban smoking from play areas. …

More homes are now smoke-free thanks to cigarette ban
Irish Independent - March 27, 2012

The German study pointed out: "Opponents of workplace or public smoking bans have argued that smoke-free policies -- albeit intended to protect non-smokers ...

Kent, B.D.; Sulaiman, I.; Nicholson, T.T.; Lane, S.J.; Moloney, E.D., "Acute pulmonary admssions following implementation of a national workplace smoking ban," Chest [Epub ahead of print], March 1, 2012.

This Irish study found that overall hospital admissions for pulmonary illness decreased from 439 per 100,000 population to 396 per 100,000 population following implementation of the country's clean indoor air law. Admissions with acute coronary syndrome (adjusted RR 0.82; 95%CI 0.70-0.97; p=0.02), but not stroke (adjusted RR 0.93; 95%CI 0.73-1.20; p=0.60), were also reduced.

McNabola, A.; Eyre, G.J.; Gill, L.W., "Environmental tobacco smoke in designated smoking areas in the hospitality industry: exposure measurements, exposure modelling and policy assessment," Environment International [Epub ahead of print], February 22, 2012.

This Irish study examined air inside eight pubs, their designated smoking and smokefree areas, and their noncomplying smoking areas. Designated smoking areas had concentrations of benzene which ranged from 5.1-5.4 µg/m3; smokefree areas, 1.42-3.01 µg/m3; and smoking areas in breach of law, 49.5 µg/m3, with corresponding "smokefree" areas, 7.68 µg/m3. The authors wrote that the legal definitions of designated smoking areas were weak and called for more governmental guidance in defining the parameters of those spaces.

Call for ban on smoking in playgrounds - Feb 21, 2012

An anti-tobacco group has called for a nationwide smoking ban in children's playgrounds from Ash Wednesday. Ash Ireland has asked all county and city ...

More houses now imposing a home smoking ban - Feb 21, 2012

A new study found that since Ireland introduced the smoking ban in March 2004, the percentage of smokers who banned smoking in the home rose by about 25 per ...

Cardiac deaths decline, but can we do more?
Irish Times - Feb 20, 2012

Research closer to home suggests we should not underestimate the impact of the smoking ban. Active and passive smoking are known causes of coronary heart ...

Less people smoking at home following ban - February 13, 2012

By David Richardson According to a European study, the smoking ban introduced to ... in the number of smokers in Ireland who banned smoking in their homes.

Smoke ban cuts home smoking too
Irish Health - February 13, 2012

By Gillian Tsoi The smoking ban introduced in Ireland nearly eight years ago has ... in the number of smokers in Ireland who banned smoking in their homes.

HSE to ban smoking in all its hospital grounds
Irish Times - January 24, 2012

THE GROUNDS of every hospital and institution run by the Health Service Executive will be smoke-free by 2015. More than a third of hospitals, including some ...

Big support for Reilly's car smoking ban
Irish Health - Niall Hunter - August 18, 2011

More than eight-in-10 people support Health Minister James Reilly's proposal to ban smoking in cars where children are present, according to our latest poll ...

Car smoking ban to rely on existing evidence
Irish Times - Ronan McGreevy - August 2, 2011

MINISTER FOR Health Dr James Reilly is expected to rely overwhelmingly on existing evidence to back up his case to have smoking banned in cars where ...

Is smoking ban in cars taking the wrong turn?
Irish Times - August 2, 2011

MINISTER FOR Health James Reilly may ban smoking in cars when children are present. This is an obnoxious habit and an image comes to mind of children in ...

Electronic cigarettes taken off shelves in Ireland
Irish Central - August 2, 2011

Electronic cigarettes have been removed from the shelves of Irish pharmacies due to concerns about the safety of the products. Chinese pharmacist. ...

Mixed reaction to smoking ban proposal
Irish Times -Ronan Mcgreevy - July 27, 2011

“However, any legislation introduced by Government must be supported by a public awareness campaign, similar to the workplace smoking ban which has been highly successful," she said. In a parliamentary question last week, Mr Reilly said he was …

Reilly may ban smoking in cars - July 27, 2011

The Minister for Health James Reilly has confirmed that his department is looking at banning smoking in vehicles where under 16's are present. However, this may prove difficult to enforce and anti-tobacco groups are calling for an outright ban, .

Council may ban smoking in playgrounds across County Cork
Irish Examiner (ie), 2011-07-25
Sean O’Riordan

A SMOKING ban may be introduced in all playgrounds in Co Cork in an effort to discourage children from taking up the habit in later life. ...

Government accused over smoking
Irish Times - Ronan McGreevy - May 31, 2011

The IHF has compared the number of people in Ireland dying from smoking-related illnesses every year to the equivalent of two 9/11s. It has accused the Government of failing to follow up on the smoking ban by properly funding cessation policies and ...

Penalty is a €3000 fine and your freedom
Irish Independent - March 11, 2011

ALTHOUGH the smoking ban has been in force for almost a decade, nobody had been given a jail sentence as set out in legislation, until this week. Section 47 (1) of the Public Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002/2004 states that any occupier, manager or person ...

Evaluation of the removal of point-of-sale tobacco displays in Ireland
Ann McNeill, Sarah Lewis, Casey Quinn, Maurice Mulcahy, Luke Clancy, Gerard
Hastings, Richard Edwards
Tob Control 2011;20 137-143

Economic evaluation of the removal of tobacco promotional displays in

Casey Quinn, Sarah Lewis, Richard Edwards, Ann McNeill
Tob Control 2011;20 151-155

The Road to Smoke-free Legislation in Ireland.
Currie, L.M.; Clancy, L.
Addiction. 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03157.x [doi]. October 18, 2010, [Epub ahead of print].

Pubs' plea to ease smoking ban in Republic of Ireland
Belfast Telegraph - September 20, 2010

Pubs in the Republic of Ireland are disappearing in a cloud of smoke -- or the lack of it, a new report has claimed.

'Forest Eireann' (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco), a group representing beleaguered smokers, has claimed that the smoking ban has been the main cause of the downfall of Irish pubs.

Forest spokesperson John Mallon has said that "smokers have no rallying place at all and this group is a small start towards changing that".

"A lot of publicans have told me they have been forced to close up due to business being so bad and that the smoking ban was a huge cause of this.

"Many have said that they didn't declare how bad things were in previous years as they didn't want to de-value their business further," he said.

The third-party firm, CR Consulting, which conducted the report using data from the Revenue Commissioners, found that despite other contributing factors, the demise of Irish pubs had a close statistical relationship to the introduction of the smoking ban in 2004. ...

Retractable pub roof not exempt from smoking ban
Irish Times - June 14, 2010

HSE -v- Brookshore Ltd, Neutral Citation: (2010) IEHC 165. High Court Judgment was given by Mr Justice Peter Charleton on May 19th, 2010.

A laneway beside a public house that was covered by a retractable roof was not exempted from the smoking ban, as the area was totally covered by the roof. The composition of the roof was irrelevant.


The case came to the High Court by way of case stated from the District Court. The law banning smoking in public places allowed for certain exceptions one of which was an unroofed area. At issue was whether the finding that a roof was not a roof was a finding of fact or a finding of law.

The respondent runs Grace’s public house in Naas, Co Kildare. The Health Service Executive inspected it in April 2008. It found a completely enclosed laneway between two parts of the premises covered by a retractable canvas awning. It was furnished with bar stools and wooden counters, which contained ashtrays. A large flat-screen television was erected on one of the end walls. ...

Ash repeats call for car smoking ban
Irish Times - Eithne Donnellan - February 16, 2010

The anti-smoking group Ash Ireland has today reiterated its call for a ban on smoking in cars transporting children under 16 years of age.

Its call for the ban comes on the eve of Ash Wednesday, traditionally a day chosen by smokers to quit.

However, the Department of Health said this afternoon there are currently no proposals to introduce a ban on smoking in cars where there are children present but it said the matter will be kept under review.

It added that it accepted exposure to cigarette smoke is particularly dangerous in enclosed spaces, such as cars, and it is currently reviewing the measures that have been undertaken in other countries in this regard.

But Dr Angie Brown, chairwoman of Ash Ireland, said passive smoke is a Group 1 cancer-causing carcinogen and as 14 per cent of Irish children are exposed to these carcinogens and other toxic substances in cars our legislators must protect them. ...

Active Smoking and Second-hand Smoke Exposure at Home Among Irish Children, 1995-2007
Kabir, Z.; Manning, P.J.; Holohan, J.; Goodman, P.G.; Clancy, L.
Archives of Disease in Childhood. October 19, 2009, [Epub ahead of print].

OBJECTIVE: This study hypothesized a continual decline in current smoking prevalence between four calendar years (1995, 1998, 2002/03, and 2007) and also no significant increase in second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure at home post the workplace smoking ban of March 2004 (2007 survey vs. 2002/03 survey) among the Irish school children. METHODS: We used a modified ISAAC (International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood) protocol. Children aged 13-14 years were studied: 2,670 (in 1995), 2,273 (in 1998), 2,892 (in 2002-2003), and 2,805 (in 2007). ISAAC is a cross-sectional self-administered questionnaire survey. Randomly selected representative post-primary schools (the sampling frame) were recruited. Smoking history was self-reported. Beta-coefficients (slopes) of smoking rates across the four survey waves were computed. Odds ratios for smoking rates were also computed using the baseline year (1995), as the reference period. All analyses were performed using SAS software (9.1v). RESULTS: We saw significant reductions in active smoking rates between 1995 and 2007 (from 19.9 to 10.6%, respectively) resulting in 3.3% survey-to-survey reductions, with a significantly greater survey-to-survey decline among girls vis-à-vis boys (3.8% vs. 2.7%, respectively). 45% of children are exposed to SHS at home in 2007. There was a statistically non-significant 2% overall decline in SHS exposure levels at home in 2007 relative to 2002/03 survey years, but more pronounced in girls. CONCLUSIONS: The continual reduction in active smoking prevalence in children is a welcome sign. No significant increase in SHS exposure at home post the nationwide workplace smoking ban in March 2004 also indirectly suggests that the workplace smoking ban did not increase smoking inside homes.

Smoking rate soars up to one third despite ban
Irish Independent (ie), 2009-10-24

A THIRD of the Irish population now smokes, a new survey reveals.
A survey of 4,082 people this summer revealed that 33pc of the Irish population had taken up or continued to smoke.

It is the highest smoking rate recorded here in the past 11 years, according to the EU's 'HELP -- For A Life Without Tobacco' campaign.

Despite hikes in tobacco tax, the smoking ban and a new law against the public display of cigarettes for sale, the number of smokers has steadily risen since 2007 when 29pc of the population smoked.

The survey, which was conducted between March and September, revealed the largest group of smokers -- 45pc -- is aged between 16 and 30. ...

Communicating Contentious Health Policy: Lessons From Ireland's Workplace Smoking Ban
Fahy, D.; Trench, B.; Clancy, L.
Health Promotion Practice October 8, 2009, [Epub ahead of print].

CUH campus to become smoke free from January 2010
Irish Medical News - Paul Mulholland - August 4, 2009

Cork University Hospital (CUH) is aiming to have a smoke free campus from the beginning of next year.

Work has already begun on the initiative, which CUH has been allocated €40,000 to implement.

The Board of the Hospital decided the funding allocated to CUH as a designated cancer centre would go towards the implementation and monitoring of the smoke free campus, which is due to come in on January 1, 2010.

CUH will become the third hospital in the country to introduce the initiative. ...

Fitzpatrick, P.; Gilroy, I.; Doherty, K.; Corradino, D.; Daly, L.; Clarke, A.; Kelleher, C.C., "Implementation of a campus-wide Irish hospital smoking ban in 2009: prevalence and attitudinal trends among staff and patients in lead up," Health Promotion International [Epub ahead of print], June 16, 2009.

We report the evidence base that supported the decision to implement the first campus-wide hospital smoking ban in the Republic of Ireland with effect from 1 January 2009. Three separate data sources are utilized; surveillance data collected from patients and staff in 80 surveys between 1997 and 2006, an 1 week observational study to assess smoker behaviour in designated smoking shelters and an attitudinal interview with 28 smoker patients and 30 staff on the implications of the 2004 indoors workplace smoking ban, conducted in 2005. The main outcome measures were trends in prevalence of smoking over time according to age, sex and occupational groups and attitudes to the 2004 ban and a projected outright campus ban. Smoking rates among patients remained steady, 24.2% in 1997/98 and 22.7% in 2006. Staff smoking rates declined from 27.4% to 17.8%, with a strong occupational gradient. Observational evidence suggested a majority of those using smoking shelters in 2005 were women and health-care workers rather than patients. Attitudes of patients and staff were positive towards the 2004 ban, but with some ambivalence on the effectiveness of current arrangements. Staff particularly were concerned with patient safety issues associated with smoking outdoors. The 2004 ban was supported by 87.6% of patients and 81.3% of staff in 2006 and a majority of 58.6% of patients and 52.4% of staff agreed with an outright campus ban being implemented. These findings were persuasive in instigating a process in 2007/08 to go totally smoke-free by 2009, the stages for which are discussed.

Hamish Champ: Wanna go tie-free? Check out the Emerald Isle
The Publican, 2009-06-22
Hamish Champ

last week I meets an investment type who knows the Irish pub market quite well. After talking about the state of the UK licensed trade we gets to chatting about pubs in the Emerald Isle.

Many, he said, were suffering. No doubt because of the smoking ban, I opined knowingly, ready to roll out facts and figures about the effects of the ban on the licensed sector versus the cost to the Irish economy of treating people whose lungs have the consistency of a loofah and who gozz up bucketloads of pale green phlegm every day.

Nope, he replied. It was largely because many licensees had signed commercial leases with their landlords at the height of the Celtic Tiger Boom Thang(TM). While these were all fine and dandy at a time of the economic surge the country was then experiencing, in the current market conditions they were proving to be unsustainable. Not smoking then, but onerous leases. Sounds familiar doesn't it?
It's my understanding that there is no pubco model in Ireland similar to the one you'd fine here. It's all free trade. ...

Record compliance with smoking ban
Irish Times - Charlie Taylor - June 22, 2009

Compliance with the workplace smoking ban reached an all-time high in 2008, according to the Office of Tobacco Control's (OTC) annual report, ...

Not enough done to prevent smoking, RCSI report finds
Irish Times (ie), 2009-06-16
DR MUIRIS HOUSTON, Medical Correspondent

IRELAND HAS become complacent about its smoking cessation achievements, with evidence that advice on giving up smoking was offered to just half of smokers who were seen by a primary care health professional, a report to be published today has found.

The analysis of data from the recent SLÁN national survey of Lifestyle Attitudes and Nutrition by the Division of Population Health Science at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) confirms that a previous downward trend in smoking rates has stalled.

Researchers, led by Prof Ruairí Brugha of RCSI, report smoking rates higher than the national average of 29 per cent in a number of occupational health groups. They found a particularly high rate of smoking in 18-29 year old women in social class 5 and 6 which, at 56 per cent, is double the rate found among women in the same age group in social classes 1 and 2.

Commenting on the relative lack of access to smoking prevention programmes in the country, Prof Brugha said, “a high percentage of smokers, at 72 per cent, who were interviewed in 2007 had attended a GP in the previous year, while only 38 per cent of smokers reported that a doctor or health professional had discussed ways of giving up smoking with them”. ...

Ireland stands firm on tobacco ban - June 2, 2009

From 1 July 2009, the advertising and display of tobacco products will be prohibited in all premises that sell tobacco products to the public.

Also from that date, self-service vending machines will be prohibited except in licensed premises and registered clubs, and must be operated in accordance with the Public Health (Tobacco) (Retail Sign) Regulations 2009.

In addition, all retailers of tobacco products must register with the Office of Tobacco Control.

Further legislation is planned that will allow the Minister for Health and Children to make regulations for the introduction of combined text and photo warnings on tobacco products, as recommended by the European Commission. ...

How Smoke-free Laws Improve Air Quality: A Global Study of Irish Pubs
Connolly, G.N.; Carpenter, C.M.; Travers, M.J.; Cummings, K.M.; Hyland, A.; Mulcahy, M.; Clancy, L., Nicotine and Tobacco Research, [Epub ahead of print], April 20, 2009.

Introduction The present study examined indoor air quality in a global sample of smoke-free and smoking-permitted Irish pubs. We hypothesized that levels of respirable suspended particles, an important marker of secondhand smoke, would be significantly lower in smoke-free Irish pubs than in pubs that allowed smoking. Methods Indoor air quality was assessed in 128 Irish pubs in 15 countries between 21 January 2004 and 10 March 2006. Air quality was evaluated using an aerosol monitor, which measures the level of fine particle (PM(2.5)) pollution in the air. A standard measurement protocol was used by data collectors across study sites. Results Overall, the level of air pollution inside smoke-free Irish pubs was 93% lower than the level found in pubs where smoking was permitted. Discussion Levels of indoor air pollution can be massively reduced by enacting and enforcing smoke-free policies.

Fifth year of smoking ban marked
Irish Times - March 29, 2009

COMPLIANCE WITH the workplace smoking ban increased to an all-time high of 97 per cent last year, the Office of Tobacco Control said yesterday as it marked the fifth anniversary of the ban.

A year after the ban was introduced, some 94 per cent of premises inspected were found to be obeying the new law.

The Vintners Federation of Ireland said the spirit of the legislation had been accepted by publicans and it was now time to review what constitutes an acceptable outdoor smoking area. Publicans can allow smoking in an outdoor area provided that not more than 50 per cent of the structure’s perimeter is covered by a wall, window, gate or other structure. ...

Youth ID Reveal Statistics on Irish Youth Drug Use, Drinking and Smoking Habits
PR Web, 2009-03-28

Amárach Research, Cawley NeaTBWA and OMD have joined forces to develop Youth ID, Ireland's leading youth research programme. ID carried out a research related to drugs use by the Irish youth as well as teenagers' drinking and smoking habits. . . .

The programme also focused on young smokers and unveils the following smoking statistics: one third of 18 - 29 year olds smoke. One third of smokers have tried unsuccessfully to give up smoking in the past. The smoking ban in Ireland has helped somewhat as one in three smokers say that they are now smoking less since its implementation.

Ban on smoking in cars gets Minister's support
Irish Times, Ireland - February 25, 2009

THE CAMPAIGN to ban smoking in cars carrying children received a boost yesterday when Minister of State Seán Power said he believed it had every prospect of ...

Smoking 'should be banned in cars containing under 16s'
Irish Medical Times, Ireland - February 25, 2009

Children are unlikely to ask adults to stop smoking ˆ so we must take this important decision out of their hands" Smoking Ban legislation prohibiting ...

'Smoking ban has benefited our health'
Irish Health, Ireland - February 23, 2009

The vast majority of the public believes the workplace smoking ban, introduced five years ago, has been a success.

Previous Health Minister Micheal Martin introduced the workplace smoking ban in March 2004. Since then, people have not been allowed smoke in pubs, restaurants, hospitals or other workplaces.

One Dublin hospital, St Vincent's, recently banned outdoor smoking in the grounds of the hospital.

We asked our registered readers whether they felt the workplace smoking ban had benefited the health of the nation.

Eighty-six per cent said yes, it had, while only 10% said no and 4% were unsure.

Ireland falls in anti-tobacco stakes, Ireland - October 28, 2008

A study has found that Ireland is second of a total of 27 countries for effective tobacco controls, down from first in a previous survey.

Anti-smoking campaigners say much more work needs to be done to dissuade people from taking up smoking.

The study was undertaken over a three-year period across Europe with 340,000 people, both smokers and non-smokers, taking part in a special test to monitor their carbon monoxide levels.

Prevalence of Smoking Among Bar Workers Prior to the Republic of Ireland Smokefree Workplace Legislation.
Mullally, B.J.; Greiner, B.A.; Allwright, S.; Paul, G.; Perry, I.J.
Irish Journal of Medical Science. September 27, 2008, [Epub ahead of print].

Heart attacks tumble after Irish smoking ban
Reuters, 2007-09-04, Ben Hirschler

Ireland's rate of heart attacks fell by around a tenth in the year following the introduction of the world's first nationwide ban on workplace smoking, boosting the case for more similar bans, doctors said on Tuesday.

Edmond Cronin and colleagues at Cork University Hospital said an analysis of people admitted with heart attacks to public hospitals in southwest Ireland showed an 11 percent fall in the year after the ban came into effect in March 2004.

"This should further encourage health authorities to look at more smoking bans around the world," he said in an interview at the annual European Society of Cardiology congress, where the data was presented.

Air pollution down 83% since smoke ban
RTÉ Online [Radio Telefís Éireann] (ie), 2007-04-16

New research shows that air pollution has dropped by 83% in Dublin pubs since the smoking ban was introduced three years ago.

The study also found a significant improvement in the respiratory health of bar workers.

The findings are published today in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine in what its authors say is one of the largest and most detailed examinations of the effects of environmental tobacco smoke.

Smoking ban breathes new life into pub sales
Irish Post, UK – July 12, 2006

AS PUBS in England and Wales prepare to outlaw smoking, there’s good news from Ireland.

A new study into the effects of Ireland’s pioneering smoking ban has revealed it has led to increased custom for many pubs.

Irish ban on smoking paying off for workers
Salem (OR) Statesman-Journal, 2005-10-24

One year after the Irish Republic became the first country with a nationwide ban on smoking in workplaces, pub employees already are breathing easier, a study shows.

The number of nonsmoking bar workers with respiratory problems, such as coughs, has fallen 17 percent, according to a study published online Monday in the BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal.

Researchers found no improvement in neighboring Northern Ireland, which did not ban smoking, the study shows.

Smoking ban 'already benefiting health of Irish people' (ie), 2005-08-11

The Irish Heart Foundation has claimed that the workplace smoking ban is already benefiting the health of Irish people.

Speaking at the launch of its annual walking challenge yesterday, the foundation said the number of people being admitted to hospital had reduced significantly since the ban was introduced 17 months ago.

It also said it had witnessed an improvement in the health of people with chronic lung disease.

Here is an example of Ireland's anti-smoking advertising found on cigarette disposal boxes throughout the city.

Smoking ban is hailed a hit
The Evening Chronicle
July 25, 2005

A group of representatives from Smoke-Free Derwentside have been visiting the city in a bid to learn from what Dublin has achieved over the past year.

Law sees 30% rise in smoking-free homes in Republic
Belfast Telegraph
June 28, 2005

A leading Ulster charity last night revealed that as a result of the controversial smoking ban in the Republic of Ireland, the number of smoke free Irish homes has increased by more than 30%.