Ireland a smoke free zone: towards a tobacco free society

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/251582
Title:
Ireland a smoke free zone: towards a tobacco free society
Authors:
Department of Health (DoH)
Publisher:
Stationery Office
Issue Date:
2000
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/251582
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
We have pleasure in presenting to you this report 'Towards a Tobacco Free Society'. We recognise that it will be extremely difficult and take some time to fully achieve a 'Tobacco Free Society' but we are confident that the measures we recommend in this report will go a long way towards achieving this objective. We are also conscious that this report is the latest of four reports 1 dealing with various aspects of smoking. We recognise that there is some inevitable overlap in these reports and that the actual recommendations may be somewhat different but there is a common objective of seeking the most effective measures possible to dramatically reduce the level of smoking in our society and above all to prevent our children from starting to smoke. Tobacco products are not just another consumer product with regrettable adverse effects. These products, when used in the manner intended by the manufacturer, cause addiction followed by illness and premature death. They have no beneficial effects. Each year, over five hundred thousand citizens of the European Union die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases and at least six thousand die in this country. Unfortunately, the ill effects of smoking are not confined to smokers alone and many passive smokers also suffer illness and premature death. Cigarette smoking is highly addictive and for most smokers the withdrawal symptoms as they try to quit are very severe. Time and again, smokers attempt to quit and fail. In our deliberations, we had particular sympathy for many smokers whose personal and financial difficulties place considerable burdens on them. Smoking is often seen by them as the only means they have to cope with stress. Trying to quit in these circumstances is especially difficult.Yet to continue smoking can only add to their health and financial difficulties. Accordingly, our recommendations focus not only on the restrictions which should be placed on the availability and use of tobacco products but also on the assistance which should be made available to smokers who want to break their addiction. The tobacco industry, in our view, faces serious question about their knowledge of the harm caused by their product and by their marketing activities which impact so strongly and deliberately on children. We are also conscious that many initiatives in the past were not as successful as their initiators might have hoped and it is our view that this lack of success is due in part, at least, to the lack of a sustained effort of enforcement. Consequently, we have devoted much effort to designing what we feel is an effective management system to ensure that the momentum for action set out here is sustained over time. Beating the tobacco epidemic requires the commitment of society as a whole. No one sector can achieve it. In this policy, we have sought to create a framework which would include as many interests as possible in this important task of creating a tobacco free society.
Keywords:
TOBACCO CONTROL POLICIES; HEALTH POLICY
Series/Report no.:
Pn 9005
ISBN:
0707660489

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDepartment of Health (DoH)en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-09T12:00:17Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-09T12:00:17Z-
dc.date.issued2000-
dc.identifier.isbn0707660489-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/251582-
dc.descriptionWe have pleasure in presenting to you this report 'Towards a Tobacco Free Society'. We recognise that it will be extremely difficult and take some time to fully achieve a 'Tobacco Free Society' but we are confident that the measures we recommend in this report will go a long way towards achieving this objective. We are also conscious that this report is the latest of four reports 1 dealing with various aspects of smoking. We recognise that there is some inevitable overlap in these reports and that the actual recommendations may be somewhat different but there is a common objective of seeking the most effective measures possible to dramatically reduce the level of smoking in our society and above all to prevent our children from starting to smoke. Tobacco products are not just another consumer product with regrettable adverse effects. These products, when used in the manner intended by the manufacturer, cause addiction followed by illness and premature death. They have no beneficial effects. Each year, over five hundred thousand citizens of the European Union die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases and at least six thousand die in this country. Unfortunately, the ill effects of smoking are not confined to smokers alone and many passive smokers also suffer illness and premature death. Cigarette smoking is highly addictive and for most smokers the withdrawal symptoms as they try to quit are very severe. Time and again, smokers attempt to quit and fail. In our deliberations, we had particular sympathy for many smokers whose personal and financial difficulties place considerable burdens on them. Smoking is often seen by them as the only means they have to cope with stress. Trying to quit in these circumstances is especially difficult.Yet to continue smoking can only add to their health and financial difficulties. Accordingly, our recommendations focus not only on the restrictions which should be placed on the availability and use of tobacco products but also on the assistance which should be made available to smokers who want to break their addiction. The tobacco industry, in our view, faces serious question about their knowledge of the harm caused by their product and by their marketing activities which impact so strongly and deliberately on children. We are also conscious that many initiatives in the past were not as successful as their initiators might have hoped and it is our view that this lack of success is due in part, at least, to the lack of a sustained effort of enforcement. Consequently, we have devoted much effort to designing what we feel is an effective management system to ensure that the momentum for action set out here is sustained over time. Beating the tobacco epidemic requires the commitment of society as a whole. No one sector can achieve it. In this policy, we have sought to create a framework which would include as many interests as possible in this important task of creating a tobacco free society.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherStationery Officeen_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPn 9005en_GB
dc.subjectTOBACCO CONTROL POLICIESen_GB
dc.subjectHEALTH POLICYen_GB
dc.titleIreland a smoke free zone: towards a tobacco free societyen_GB
dc.typeReporten
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