NOT CLEAR WHAT ADVOACABY ACTUALLY DOES TO PROMOTE SMOkE FReE SPACES
A core area of our work is the promotion of smoke-free environments for children, students and adults across Ireland. Outdoor smoke-free spaces reduce the dangers of second-hand smoke, benefits the environment and denormalises smoking in our society.
A target date of 2025 has been set for Ireland to become tobacco free with a smoking rate of 5% or less. To achieve that goal, the government has set out a number of recommendations that aims to protect children and denormalise the use of tobacco in Ireland. These recommendations include the following:
In April 2019, the Irish Heart Foundation conducted a survey of third-level educational institutions in Ireland (Universities, Colleges, Institutes of Technologies) on the implementation of a smoke-free campus. A summary of the findings can be found here.
ASH Ireland, Council of the Irish Heart Foundation conducted a survey in May 2018 of City and County Councils around Ireland on the introduction of policies, practices, signage and bye-laws regarding smoke-free playgrounds under their control.
The results of that survey can be found here.