Press Release

Minister Martin establishes the Office of Tobacco Control on a statutory basis

Mr Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children, has signed the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002, (Commencement) Order, 2002 which establishes the Office of Tobacco Control on a statutory basis with effect from 31 May 2002. This date marks the World Health Organisation’s annual World No Tobacco Day.

“The establishment of the Office of Tobacco Control on a statutory basis is another milestone in our battle against the worldwide tobacco epidemic,” said the Minister.

The Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002 (No. 6 of 2002) was enacted on 27 March 2002 and part 2 of the Act provides for the establishment of the Office of Tobacco Control on a statutory basis. The Office was established on an administrative basis in 2000 and is currently located in Clane, Co. Kildare.

The general function of the Office will be to promote a tobacco free society in accordance with the Government´s policy document “Towards a Tobacco Free Society.” It will generally advise and assist the Minister on tobacco control measures and will monitor and co-ordinate the implementation of such measures. The Office will have a wide range of other functions relating to advising and assisting the Minister in relation to the control and regulation of the manufacture, sale, marketing and smoking of tobacco products.

“The Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002 gives the Office a comprehensive range of functions and also allows it appoint authorised officers with a range of powers to enforce tobacco control legislation. To date the Office has organised international conferences on tobacco control legislation and environmental tobacco smoke and has commissioned a major public attitudes survey on smoking controls. I am confident that the Office will continue to play an important role in our challenging task of creating a tobacco free society,” said the Minister.