Is the time right for Reilly’s “Tobacco Free Ireland”?

Last week, Minister for Health James Reilly launched his plan for a “Tobacco Free Ireland”. Among its 60 recommendations, the report focuses on elements of further smoking restriction such as the banning of smoking on the grounds of schools and child-care facilities, along with calls for the promotion of smoke-free college campuses.

As with so many Government reports, the outline proposal comes without a comprehensive action plan, timelines or detailed outcome measures. That aside, what is perhaps as interesting as the content of the report is its timing – being launched the week before the European Parliament ruled on the categorisation of electronic cigarettes and the introduction of plain packaging.

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Top 9 after 9am: 22nd August 2013

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Cuts to service for disabled  – Letters (The Irish Times)

Half of British seven-year-olds not getting enough exercise (Irish Times)

Boy who would have “been in a wheelchair until he’s dead” to have costs paid by HSE (The Journal)

Working shorter hours may be ‘bad for health’  (Telegraph)

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Ending female genital mutilation, one household at a time Global (Guardian)

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Top 9 after 9am: 16th August 2013

 

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Breast self-examination a waste of time, says cancer registry chief (Irish Examiner)

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Top 9 after 9am: 24th July 2013

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Consultants say significant scope to cut administrative staffing levels in hospitals (Irish Times)

President Higgins to receive Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill (RTÉ News) Continue Reading →

Top 9 after 9am: 11th July 2013

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Debate on abortion bill adjourned at 5am (The Journal)

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Top 9 after 9am: 28th June 2013

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Top 9 after 9am: 11th June 2013

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Major expansion of renal services (Irish Health) Continue Reading →

Top 9 after 9am: 31st May 2013

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Only one in seven complaints against doctors get full inquiry (Irish Independent)

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Gardai now probe six complaints over care in crèches (Irish Independent)

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Top 9 after 9am: 17th May 2013

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Medical experts to address Oireachtas abortion hearings (Irish Times)

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Top 9 after 9am: 15th May 2013

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Top 9 after 9am: 1st May 2013

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Section of proposed abortion Bill on suicide risk will be most closely parsed (Irish Times)

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Top 9 after 9am: 19th April 2013

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Top 9 after 9am: 3rd April 2013

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Troika orders Government to produce monthly report on health spending (Irish Times)

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