Press Release

Minister O´Malley closes Conference on Future Directions in Tobacco in the EU

Mr Tim O´Malley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today (18th June 2004) spoke at the closing plenary of the EU Conference on Future Directions in Tobacco Control which took place in the Radisson SAS in Limerick.  The Minister stated “it has been a great honour for Irelandto host this most prestigious event over the past 2 days, particularly as it is one of the first major health events after enlargement and the first to address tobacco control.”

The battle against tobacco remains one of the most important health challenges throughout Europeand the level of enthusiasm displayed by the speakers was a clear indication that the EU will remain at the cutting edge as regards the future direction of tobacco control policies.  “In looking to the future I am greatly encouraged by the level of commitment from the Community in support of the fundamental aim of making Europea healthier place” stated the Minister.

Minister O´Malley thanked the Office of Tobacco Control, the EU Commission, the Department of Health and Children and the Mid Western Health Board for commitment and support in organising the Conference.  Minister O´Malley said “I am confident that the work we have done over the past two days will contribute to a reduction in the incidence of smoking throughout the Union and impact positively in preventing heart disease and the many other illness´ associated with tobacco consumption.”