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Quit Campaign 2011

Sheila Keogan, Prof Luke Clancy, Dr. Fenton Howell

at launch of HSE Quit Campaign.

Physician Led Smoking Cessation treatment Service:

We are offering a free service for people wishing to quit smoking.  This is a clinic held once a week in St James's Hospital on Friday mornings and is run by Professor Luke Clancy and Sheila Keogan for appointments or further information please phone : 015111250 or email  This service is being funded by RCDH.

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Terraces and Other Outdoor Areas of Hospitality Venues in Eight European Countries. Outdoor secondhand smoke (SHS) concentrations are usually lower than indoor concentrations, yet some studies have shown that outdoor SHS levels could be comparable to indoor levels under specific conditions. The main objectives of this study were to assess levels of SHS exposure in terraces and other outdoor areas of hospitality venues and to evaluate their potential displacement to adjacent indoor areas.... Read Article

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Terraces and Other
Outdoor Areas of Hospitality Venues in Eight European

Should Any Workplace Be Exempt from Smoke-Free Law: The Irish Experience Background. In 2004, the Irish Government introduced national legislation banning smoking in workplaces; with exemptions for "a place of residence". This paper summarises three Irish studies of exempted premises; prisons, psychiatric hospitals and nursing homes. Methods. PM 2.5 and nicotine were measured in nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals, in addition to ultrafine particles in the hospitals. In the prisons, officers  completed exhaled breath Carbon Monoxide (CO) measurements. Questionnaires determined officers' opinion on introducing smoking prohibitions in prisons. Nursing home smoking policies were examined and questionnaires completed by staff .... Read Article

EQUIPP Report (Europe Quitting: Progress and Pathways)Launched By ERS                      Read report

ERS welcomes new WHO report on global tobacco epidemic
Tobacco Control Committee chair Luke Clancy, said: "We welcome the important findings of the new WHO report.

HSE media campaign tells smokers: 'You can QUIT, and we can help.

On Monday June 13 the HSE begins a new health education campaign aimed at encouraging smokers to quit.

The HSE has joined with a range of key health organisations to ensure that campaign has maximum impact and support across the health sector. Partners include the Irish Cancer Society, Irish Heart Foundation, Irish College of General Practitioners, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, Irish Dental Association, ASH Ireland, Asthma Society of Ireland, TobaccoFree Research Institute, Environmental Health Officers Associtation, National Youth Council of Ireland, Irish Thoracic Society, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

For help to QUIT smoking:

Call the National Smokers' Quitline 1850 201 203

Visit and sign up for an online quitplan or

Find us on Facebook

Contact HSE smoking cessation services, details on or

New Challenges in Healthcare

Part 2 of the ERS report on two days of reflection on chronic disease: Full report of the ERS ministerial conference, 19 October, Brussels - click on names to view presentations

Secondhand smoke Exposure and Smoke-free Legislation

Pfizer Micro-Grant programme, Principle Investigator TFRI

Date: Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th March 2011

Venue: The Radisson Blu St. Helen's HotelDublin 4, Ireland.

SESL is a project which aims to provide advocacy needs in building support for implementing Tobacco Policy in the field of Smokefree and to be consistent with the Pfizer Micro-Grant programme priority No 1 we feel the most appropriate approach to supply the clearest and most rapid support in driving advocacy for Smokefree and Article 8 of the WHO FCTC is to measure the exposure outcome from different model smokefree laws. The rationale for this project is that in all countries where comprehensive laws exist show definite exposure and health benefits and therefore it sets out to measure the reduction in exposure and relate this to the type of Smokefree law, partial or comprehensive, in place in 8 European countries.
The above meeting was attended by delegates from France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, and Turkey.

SESL Meeting Programme:

World No Tobacco Day 2011

31st May 2011


ASH Ireland, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland will hold a business breakfast and academic seminar on Monday, 24thMarch 2014 to mark the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the workplace smoking legislation in Ireland.  These events will take place at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Building at Number 6, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Minister for Health, James Reilly will address the business breakfast at 8.30 a.m.  Today we announce the full line-up of speakers for the academic seminar as follows:





Professor Luke ClancyTobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland

Evidence to date (post the introduction of the ban)


Professor Gregory Connolly, Harvard School of Public Health

Smokefree, international experience


Dr Kristina Mauer-Stender,World Health Organisation

Tobacco control - the next 10 years


Senator and Professor John Crown,Consultant Oncologist

Politicians, scientists, the Tobacco Industry and WHO FCTC Art.5.3


Dr Pat Doorley, Chair of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Policy Group on Tobacco

Moving towards a tobacco free society in Ireland


All Speakers

Panel discussion and Q&A

Note to Editors

  1. A Press Conference at 9.30 a.m. will include Minister James Reilly, and representatives from ASH Ireland, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland.
  2. Press statement and extracts from all speakers will be available and issued on the day.
  3. All of the seminar presenters and other spokespeople will be available for media interviews.

Media Enquiries:

Siobhán Creaton, Communications Manager Royal College of Physicians of Ireland:01 8639732 | Mobile 085 8722109 | Email

ASH Ireland:  0818-305055; Email

Mr Wally Young, Public Relations Advisor:  087 2471520


Smoking rates among children and pregnant women decline
Disadvantaged children remain at higher risk of exposure to second-hand smoke. New report shows declines in smoking rates amongst children and pregnant women but warns of tobacco's toll on children's health.  Tobacco control measures are working but dissadvantaged children are at particular risk of tobacco related harms.Smoking cessation needs to be prioritised for parents during pregnancy and during their childs early years.

A Tobacco-Free Future reveals declines in smoking rates among both children and pregnant women over the past decade, both North and South of the border. The report published by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) and the TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland (TFRI), shows that while tobacco control measures are being successful, disadvantaged children are at particular risk of tobacco-related harms. Read More......

A recent scientific study shows that a total of 3,726 smoking related deaths have been prevented in Ireland, since the introduction of the workplace smoking ban (March 2004). This new scientific paper published this week on Plos One, involved researchers from Brunel University, London, The Environmental Health Sciences Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology, and 
The TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland.  Read More....

Institute Origins and Background

The TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland(TFRI) is a limited company.

In December 1998 Minister Brian Cowan T.D. agreed to ASH's request to establish a Tobacco Research Institute and funded a steering group to develop a proposal for the Establishment of the Institute.

In October 1999 Professor David Kennedy submitted the 'Proposal' for the Establishment of 'Tobacco Control and Health Research Institute of Ireland'

In 2000 the establishment of a tobacco research centre was endorsed and included in the governement plam of action set out in the Report of the Tobacco Free Policy Group 'Towards a Tobacco Free Society'

At the incorporation of RIFTFS now TFRI as a Company Minister Michael Martin T.D. welcomed the initiative and strongly supported it as an important component of Government Strategy in achieving a Tobacco Free Society.

TFRI have four core research programs namely:

1. Treatment of Tobacco Dependence TFRI has conducted research into the treatment of tobacco dependence in Ireland and is working to develop recommendations for the treatment of tobacco dependence based on its research findings.

2. Tobacco Control Policy TFRI seeks to inform government and health policy through the development of sound evidence based research in the area of tobacco control policies.

3. Smoke Free Areas TFRI conducts research into Smokefree areas and examines exposure to and health effects of SHS.

4. Inequalities TFRI aims to identify areas where use of tobacco products contributes to health and social inequalities and to make recommendations to address these inequalities.

Key accomplishments: The Institute's first Government commissioned project was to assess the exposure and health effects pre and post the Irish Smokefree law. This formed the basis of the OTC first report on Smokefree and several subsequent scientific journal publications ( and proved TFRI's expertise in this area. The Institute advised NHS Scotland in its implementation and evaluation plan for Smokefree. The Institute has also advised England, France, Spain, Sweden and Turkey on the introduction of Smokefree Laws. Other RIFTFS TC projects include studies on Polish immigrants, Gay and Lesbian community, smoking in homes and cars, smoking and low birth weight and prevalence of smoking in children.

The Institute is a significant participant in TC research in Europe and is the coordinating partner for the €3m EC, DG Research funded PPACTE (Pricing Policies And Control of Tobacco in Europe).  This is the largest grant ever awarded by the EC for tobacco control research. It is a Partner in the DG Sanco funded project IMPASHS and is a WorkPackage Leader. It was also a partner in IMCA11 and in PESCE, Apheis and Aphea 1.

Research Strategy:

Transdiciplinary approach embracing:

Epidemiology including Molecular, Public Health, Genetics, Psychosocial, Marketing, Economics including Behavioral, Tobacco exposure and legal studies.

Translational with the aim of providing accessible understandable information and the evidence base for interventions.


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