Nearly two out of three people believe that smoking should be completely banned by 2025, according to the results of our latest poll of site visitors.
Recently, Senator John Crown, who is a consultant cancer specialist, proposed that measures to ban smoking should be implemented throughout Europe by 2025.
He said placing a ban on the manufacturing and sale of cigarettes was a realistic long-term goal.
He said at a time a time when the world was short of food, a considerable amount of agricultural land was being used to produce cancer-causing tobacco instead of being used to grow much-needed food.
The Government is planning to ban smoking in cars with children. Health Minister James Reilly is drawing up amendments to a Seanad Private Members' Bill on the issue. The Bill was introduced by Senators Crown, Jillian van Turnhout and Mark Daly.
We asked site visitors if they agreed with the proposal to ban cigarette sales completely by 2025. Some 61% who voted supported the ban, while 30% said no and 9% were undecided.
In Ireland around 6,000 people die each year from smoking-related diseases. This is more than 12 times the number killed annually in road accidents. Around one in four regular smokers die prematurely. Smokers who die from their habit lose on average 10-15 years of potential life. Smoking is the principal cause of three major diseases - lung cancer, heart disease and bronchitis/emphysema.
Smoking is the major culprit in 90% of lung cancer deaths, one in four deaths from heart disease and about three quarters of deaths from bronchitis and emphysema.
View the poll results and comments and results of previous polls here.
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