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Almost 7 per cent drop shows smoking ban is working, insists Cancer Society.


Type: News
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

The Iris Cancer Society is insisting laws like the workplace smoking ban are helping alter attitudes towards the habit, and have resulting in a significant drop in smoking prevalence. A working paper published by the ESRI has claimed that the ban ââ,¬â?o introduced in June 2004 ââ,¬â?o had ââ,¬Å"little or no effect on reducing smoking habitsââ,¬Â amongst employed people. The report, published last month on the think-tankââ,¬â"¢s website, said that the introduction of the law had provided employed smokers with an extra incentive to quit, and aimed to discover if this was incentive enough for people. However, based on 2008 figures, the researchers found that the majority of workers were undeterred: ââ,¬Å"In fact, the evidence suggests a significantly larger decrease in smoking prevalence among the non-workers relative to the employedââ,¬Â. According to the report, 22.9 per cent of workers smoked in 2002, but five years later that number was up to 24.8 per cent. Amongst those not employed, there was a 0.5 per cent drop in the same period. Responding to those findings, the Irish Cancer Societyââ,¬â"¢s Kathleen Oââ,¬â"¢Meara says that the most up-to-date data, which monitors the entire population, shows that since the introduction of the ban, the national prevalence of smoking has fallen from 28.5 per cent to 21.7 per cent. ââ,¬Å"Thatââ,¬â"¢s a 6.8 per cent reduction which is a phenomenal achievement and shows our health legislation is working,ââ,¬Â Oââ,¬â"¢Meara told ââ,¬Å"The thing is the smoking ban was never designed to help people quit ââ,¬â?o it was always about protecting workers from second-hand smoke. ââ,¬Å"At the time when it was being debated there was a substantial dip in smoking prevalence, as a result of the high level of debate around the dangers of smoking. ââ,¬Å"That highlights the need for ongoing reminders and ongoing media campaigns around smoking.ââ,¬Â



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Suggested citation: (2013) Almost 7 per cent drop shows smoking ban is working, insists Cancer Society. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 16th September 2019].


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