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Tobacco Free Ireland Annual Report 2017

Tobacco Free Ireland (‘TFI’), the report of the Tobacco Policy Review Group, was endorsed by Government and published in October 2013. An Action Plan for TFI was published in March 2015 and one of its actions committed the Department of Health to publish an annual report on the implementation of the Plan.Considerable progress was made in 2017 in implementing the Action Plan as set out in detail in the Annual Report. Some of the key achievements in 2017 were:

–     the receipt by the DOH of the WHO World No Tobacco Day award for its outstanding contribution to tobacco control,

–     the completion of legislation to provide for standardised packaging of tobacco products,

–     the transposition of European Commission Implementing Acts arising from the Tobacco Products Directive, continued engagement with the HSE and the European Commission in relation to the implementation of the Directive, participation in the development of European Commission Implementing Acts on traceability and security feature systems for tobacco products,

–     the continuation of an annual Healthy Ireland Survey and the Health Behaviour in School Children Study which will give up-to-date reliable data on the prevalence of smoking throughout the whole population,

–     the publication of HIQA Health Technology Assessment of smoking cessation,

–     the development by the HSE of the new QUIT campaign and the enhancement of supports for smokers who wish to stop smoking,

–     the increase in price of tobacco products in Budget 2018.

Tobacco Free Ireland Annual Report 2017