Smoking causes 6,500 Irish deaths a year

  • Joanne McCarthy

Smoking is responsible for 6,500 deaths in Ireland each year and 35% of people aged 18 to 29 continue to smoke, new research on smoking patterns in Ireland has revealed.

Almost half of all respondents had smoked cigarettes at some point in their lives, and 29% reported being current smokers. Smoking was more common among younger adults.

The research, which was prepared by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) as part of SLAN 07 (National Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition) and announced by Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, Áine Brady TD, also found that 23% of men and 16% of women in Ireland have quit smoking. This means that a lot of future disease and death has been averted, according to Prof Ruairí Brugha of RCSI.

Almost three quarters of smokers had attended a GP in the previous year, but only 38% of smokers reported that a doctor or health professional had discussed ways of giving up smoking with them. It is important that health service providers are supported to use every opportunity to encourage people to stop smoking, Prof Brugha said.

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF), responding to the research, urged the Government to step up and tackle smoking with increased funding for smoking cessation services so more people do not die from preventable cardiovascular disease as a result of smoking.
IHF Chief Executive Michael O’Shea said: “The latest report clearly proves the lack of a concerted approach to encourage smokers to quit. We call on the Government to invest more in smoking cessation services and to significantly increase the price of tobacco in all future budgets." 

ASH Ireland welcomed the research which it said highlighted a number of areas of concern especially in regard to women and smoking, which will require further analysis.
Dr Angie Brown, Chairperson of ASH Ireland said: “As we learned from the initial publication the Slán 2007 survey, smoking prevalence is at 29% and this is extremely high and we must continue to tackle this unacceptable prevalence with every means at our disposal to include price, education, legislation and cessation assistance”.
The Smoking Patterns in Ireland report is available on line at or


hammer - 16/06/2009 15:56

.............scary stuff.

If chicken meat gave you cancer would you eat chicken ?

smoker spin - " My granny smokes 80 a day and drinks a bottle of whiskey on her way to bed ( every night ) and she`s 120 next birthday, It doesn`t seem to have done her any harm"

Why has Carrolls not been closed down ?

Increase price of cigarettes to €20 per pack immediatelyCool

Vrtx - 18/06/2009 01:09

The question one must ask is, why is the Government allowing the sale of a product that has no medicial benefit and is killing 6,500 people a year??? when there is a much safer option to choose from (Cannabis) which has no reported deaths.

And don't you worry, they are going to keep on incresing the price of cigarettes, because they know people are going to buy them.

buzz - 18/06/2009 14:17

tax? or the common sense not to bring down the wrath of a million nicoteine-deprived smokers on them? Laughing

buzz - 18/06/2009 14:25

I can GUARANTEE if they really were concerned about smokers health they would NOT increase the price of 20 to twenty euro (in fact any price hikes they HAVE implemented have been to garnish more tax, however they masquerade it as concern for smokers) No, if they really wanted people to give up smoking, they would provide quitting devices for free. They provide methadone free for heroin users dont they?

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