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

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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)

Four cups of tea good for liver, researchers find (Telegraph)

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

HPV infection linked to poor oral health, say cancer prevention researchers (Medical News Today)

Crohn’s and colitis drug effective in trials (Medical News Today)

Fonterra says China-bound milk powder halted in May for high nitrite (Reuters)

Top 9 after 9am: 16th August 2013

 

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

Report shows cancer survival rates improving, but number of women with fatal lung cancer is up (Irish Times) Continue Reading →

Top 9 after 9am: 13th August 2013

 

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

Eating less salt and fat could save more than 1,000 heart deaths (Irish Times)

New tool to detect patient deterioration (Irish Health) Continue Reading →

Top 9 after 9am: 12th August 2013

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

 

Warning of spine damage to young from computer games (Irish Times)

Scientists find way to boost cancer-killing white cells (Irish Independent)

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Top 9 after 9am: 9th August 2013

Top 9 after 9am 19th April 2013

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New Dublin nursing home to create 110 new jobs (Irish Times)

Generic drugs ‘to save cholesterol patients €130 a year’ (Irish Independent) Continue Reading →

Top 9 after 9am: 7th August 2013

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

Medical card theory clashes with reality (Irish Times)

New list to put cheaper drugs on the market (Irish Independent)

Call for minimum alcohol price in Northern Ireland (Irish Times)

GP warning on free kids’ care (Irish Health)

Deadly strain of avian flu may have passed between people (RTÉ News)

Parkinson’s sufferers take right step with set dancing ‘therapy’ (Irish Independent)

Anorexia could be linked to autism, researchers claim (The Telegraph)

Now the Great British ‘fry-up’ can help to fight diseases and obesity (Daily Express)

Pregnancy length ‘varies naturally by up to five weeks’ (BBC News)

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: 22nd July 2013

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

Pharmacists warn of medicine shortages (RTÉ News)

Stress of work led to morphine addiction (Irish Independent)

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Top 9 after 9am: 12th July 2013

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

Mental health services for minors in last decade ‘woefully inadequate’, says Minister for Children (Irish Times)

Cancer medical cards ban a ‘tipping point’ (Irish Examiner) Continue Reading →

Top 9 after 9am: 9th July 2013

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

Irregular bedtimes can affect children’s brain development (Irish Times)

Anti-obesity group warns against plans to cut school PE hours (Irish Independent) Continue Reading →

Top 9 after 9am: 27th June 2013

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Children in poorer families more likely to have later health issues (Irish Times)

New campaign demands long-awaited law to ban teenagers from sunbeds (The Journal)

Dying denied hospice access if living in wrong place (Irish Times)

Type 1 diabetes vaccine hailed as ‘significant step’ (BBC News)

Can a wristband really relieve the nausea symptoms of migraine? (Daily Mail)

Hormone therapy in the 50s not linked to memory loss (Reuters)

Switch to generic drugs fails to bring expected savings for HSE (Irish Independent)

Surgeon live-streams procedure using Google glass and iPad (Medical News Today)

Call for junk food ban in hospitals (The Guardian)

Top 9 after 9am: 10th June 2013

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Cutting edge of science research (Irish Times)

Emergency services still not hitting response targets (Irish Independent) Continue Reading →