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21/09/2021

A puff of smoke or an attainable target?? Ireland aiming to have almost no smokers by 2025

A puff of smoke or an attainable target?? Ireland aiming to have almost no smokers by 2025

A puff of smoke or an attainable target?? Ireland aiming to have almost no smokers by 2025

2025 is the target set by the annual report from Tobacco Free Ireland, the country's national tobacco control policy. In practice, this would mean a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5% in the country. 

Longford SFC: David Shannon goal gives Carrickedmond the edge over Fr Manning Gaels

Carrickedmond gained a crucial victory in a tough contest against Fr Manning Gaels in the Senior Football Championship Group A Round 2 clash at McGann Park, Kenagh on Friday night.

Longford SFC: Colmcille and Mostrim clash ends in a draw

A fine point from Padraig Joyce deep into stoppage time earned Mostrim a deserved draw against Colmcille in the Senior Football Championship Group A second round clash at Allen Park, Newtownforbes on Friday night.

The action plan, which was first published in March 2015, has been welcomed by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and Minister for State and Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan.

"By working to remove smoking from daily life in Ireland and educating young people on the dangers of tobacco, while making cessation assistance as widely available as possible, we can continue to build on the promising results we have seen in recent years," Donnelly said in a statement.

"I urge anyone that is thinking of quitting to act now. Stopping smoking remains one of the best decisions a person can make for their health".

The latest report outlines what the department described as "several key achievements" in 2020 to implement the plan.

These include:

The inclusion of information on the dangers of tobacco use in Healthy Choices 1, the first substance misuse module of Junior Cycle Social, Personal and Health Education, aimed at first-year students.

The launch of a new QUIT marketing campaign by HSE National Communications and the HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme, called The Last Stop.

The completion by the Health Research Board of three comprehensive evidence reviews on electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products commissioned by the Minister
a further increase of 50 cent on a packet of cigarettes with pro-rata increases on other tobacco products in Budget 2021

"The last 18 months has further highlighted the importance of being proactive about our own health and the health of those around us. The HSE QUIT service remains available to anyone that needs it," added Minister Donnelly.

Longford Leader Farming: Ballymahon farmer announced as Farming for Nature Ambassador

Ballymahon’s Noel Kiernan has been chosen as a ‘Farming for Nature Ambassador for 2021’.

Longford anti-vaccine rally described as ‘unhelpful’

A decision by a group of concerned people to hold a rally in Longford town last weekend against Covid-19 jabs and other restrictions has been branded as “unhelpful” by the former chief of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO).

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