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Smoking in Ireland

18% of the population are current smokers, with 14% daily smokers and 4% occasional smokers. These figures are the same as those reported in 2021-2022. Smoking is higher amongst men (21%) than women (15%) and higher amongst those who are unemployed or have not completed the Leaving Certificate. 33% of the population are ex-smokers. 49% of those who have smoked in the past year have attempted to quit smoking, with 23% of this group successfully quitting smoking. 58% used willpower alone, 25% used e-cigarettes, and 19% used nicotine replacement therapy. 8% of the population currently use e-cigarettes either daily (5%) or occasionally (3%), with a further 12% reporting they have tried them in the past but no longer use them. In 2022, 6% were current users of e-cigarettes. A fifth (20%) of women aged 15-24 use e-cigarettes either daily or occasionally; the rate for men of the same age group is 16%. Source: Healthy Ireland Survey 2023. (2023, November 22). Department of Health. For further information and full references, click through to the detailed datasheets above.

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December 18, 2023 by

Flavoured vapes ban 'needed now' as manufacturer urges stricter laws on e-cigs

A ban on flavoured vape products is urgently needed to stop them being targeted at underage users, a company which produces the products said yesterday. BAT Ireland called for confectionery, dessert and soft drink flavours to be proscribed to stop products appealing to minors. The company made the comments in response to the public consultation on vaping recently launched by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly. A ban on flavours that target the underage are part of a range of measures being proposed by the company to make the industry more responsible.

December 06, 2023 by

Minister for Health welcomes the passing of legislation banning sale of e-cigarettes to under 18s

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is today welcoming the completion of the Public Health (Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill in both Houses of the Oireachtas. The Bill will now be sent to Uachtarán na hÉireann for signing. Minister Donnelly has asked officials in his department to immediately prepare the necessary Statutory Instrument so that the ban on the sale of nicotine inhaling products, including e-cigarettes or ‘vapes’ to under-18s will come into law before Christmas.

December 05, 2023 by

Three-quarters of people support plan to phase-out tobacco sales in Ireland

More than three quarters of people in Ireland support a total phasing out of tobacco sales, eventually outlawing them from shops, a new poll revealed today. The dramatic move and timeline would mean that people born after a certain date would never be able to legally purchase cigarettes. The Ipsos data on the proposed bold crackdown was presented at a conference in Dublin organised by ASH Ireland and the Irish Heart Foundation, to examine a tobacco “endgame” for Ireland as well as the regulation of e-cigarettes.

December 04, 2023 by

'Challenging' to introduce tax on vapes, says Michael McGrath

Introducing a new tax on vapes will be “challenging” to implement, Finance Minister Michael McGrath has said. The Government intends to apply the levy on e-cigarettes as part of a public health response to vaping. “While the implementation environment is challenging, it does not undermine the intention to apply a tax as one tool in the overall public health policy approach to e-cigarettes,” the finance minister said in response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil TD Paul McAuliffe.

November 23, 2023 by

Fewer people drinking alcohol but more smoking e-cigarettes, according to latest snapshot of nation’s health

Fewer people in Ireland are drinking since before the pandemic but smoking rates have not fallen and more are using e-cigarettes, according to a new national survey. The survey found that the prevalence of smoking is stable, the same as reported in 2021 - 2022 with 18pc of people as current smokers, 14pc smoking and 4pc occasionally. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is now to launch a public consultation on a proposal to increase the legal limit to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21.

November 06, 2023 by

Vapes fuel generational change in nicotine addiction

A chara, – Following “Vapes may soon be taxed more heavily to discourage use among young people” (News, October 2nd), we further read “More than one in three young teenagers currently vape, research finds” (News, October 27th). The growth in youth usage of vapes, more correctly referred to as e-cigarettes, is of significant concern to health professionals involved in managing acute and chronic lung conditions. We are witnessing a generational change in nicotine addiction that mirrors the youth adoption of tobacco products decades ago.

October 05, 2023 by

Ireland must follow UK and ban smoking for next generation, says charity

New plans to completely ban the sale of cigarettes to the next generation in the UK is a reminder of how far Ireland has fallen behind other countries, a charity insisted today. “We’re one of the last countries in Europe where it’s legal to sell vapes to children,” Director of Advocacy and Patient Support of Irish Heart Foundation Chris Macey said. [...] Irish children are seen vaping as there have been no age restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes in the country. “Our Tobacco Free Ireland policy of reducing the smoking rate to 5pc by 2025 is going to fail by a margin of around half a million smokers,” Mr Macey said.

August 29, 2023 by

HSE recalls e-cigarettes with illegal amounts of nicotine

The HSE has repeated a call to the public to stop using e-cigarettes that have been found to contain illegal amounts of nicotine. A total of five flavours of the McKesse brand of e-cigarettes have now been reported to the European Safety Gate, the EU’s rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products, for containing more than the permitted amount of nicotine, which is set at 20mg/ml. In some cases, nicotine values of more than 30mg/ml were found when samples were tested. [...]

July 27, 2023 by

Two thirds of Irish public would support disposable vape ban, Ipsos poll finds

A survey carried out by the independent polling organisation Ipsos found that 64pc of respondents support the banning of disposable e-cigarettes, also known as vapes, 28pc opposed the measure, while 8pc said they were unsure.

June 27, 2023 by

HSE issues safety alert about two e-cigarette products

The HSE has issued a safety alert notice regarding two e-cigarette products which contain "more than the permitted concentration of nicotine."

The products in question, Fantasi Ice Orange and Fantasi Ice Remix Blackcurrant and Lemon, pose a serious risk to public safety.

Retailers are being asked to recall the vaping products, and consumers should not use them.

The products were sampled and analysed by the HSE and found to have a nicotine concentration up to 25.3mg/ml.