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Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in IreIand with 5,500 smokers dying each year from tobacco related diseases. Moving towards a tobacco free society will reduce the number of premature deaths from tobacco and result in healthier, longer and better quality lives for many Irish people.
In November 1999, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children published "A National Anti-Smoking Strategy - A Report on Health and Smoking" which recommended that a national anti-tobacco strategy be adopted in Ireland.
In response the Tobacco Free Policy Review Group was set up to carry out a fundamental review of health and tobacco and make recommendations to the Minister for Health and Children. Their report, Towards a Tobacco Free Society, (published in 2000) which was adopted as Government policy, proposes an integrated strategy for tackling the tobacco problem and promoting a tobacco free society.
The report outlines four key strategic objectives:
and recommends a seven tier action plan ...
The National Tobacco Control Office (NTCO) was established in January 2011 following the dissolution of the Office of Tobacco Control under the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Act 2010. The remit of the NTCO is to co-ordinate the tobacco control programme in the HSE. It has responsibility for discharging the statutory functions prescribed under the Public Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002-2012 and supporting and driving the delivery of the 61 actions in the Tobacco Control Framework 2010.
The Director of the National Tobacco Control Office is Marie Killeen, Oak Hs, Millennium Pk, Naas, Co Kildare. 045 988204. firstname.lastname@example.org