HSE Publish Their “Endgame” Strategy
In a report published today (see report), the HSE will seek to influence the Department of Health to seek the completion and publication of a review of the current “Tobacco-Free Ireland” policy.
They have stated that a plan should be put in place with a clear, time-bound and measurable set of actions that will deliver the stated ambition of a smoking prevalence in Ireland of less than 5% by a specific date.
They also suggested “in recognition of the support identified in this survey, and elsewhere, legislation to adjust upward the prohibition on tobacco product sales to young people should be a priority (“Tobacco 21” type measures).
This was one of eight specific proposals made by the author of the report. The others were:
The HSE has also suggested a focus on “leaving nobody behind” by ensuring a range of supports for smokers trying to quit.
Finally- the HSE suggests that the report be used to ensure a continuing public support and dialogue that “determines” acceptance of the harm caused by tobacco.
Curiously – no mention of how the 1 in 5 smokers that get their tobacco from smuggled/duty free/or duty paid in another EU member state will be approached.