Republic of Ireland
Ireland became the first country to enact a comprehensive nation-wide smoke-free law in 2004. The ITC project has been able to monitor the effects of that law on reactions and perceptions of smokers, and will continue to report on the effectiveness of new tobacco control policies as they are implemented. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was signed and ratified on September 16, 2003, and November 7, 2005, respectively.
|Population (2006 estimate)||4,062,235|
|Life expectancy (2002 estimate)||Males: 75 years, Females: 81 years|
|Healthy life expectancy (2002 estimate)||Males: 68.1 years, Females: 71.5 years|
|Ethnic groups||Celtic, English|
|GDP per capita (2004)||$36, 371|
|Median age||34 years|
Smoking Prevalence and Associated Costs:
- Cigarette smoking is the most common form of tobacco use in Ireland.
- Smoking prevalence for both sexes have been declining since the 1980s, and stood in 2004 at 24%. This is down from 29% in 1994, which was already brought down from 35% in 1980.
- In 2000, smoking accounted for 18% of all deaths in Ireland.
- Ireland is the first country in the world to ban smoking in enclosed workplaces that included bars and restaurants.
- Ireland has no legislation in place that restricts the sale of tobacco in vending machines and self-service displays.
- The minimum age for purchasing tobacco in Ireland is 18 years old.
Shawn Allwright (Principal Investigator)
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