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Press Release 20th May 2008 : Number of smokers increases in spite of smoking ban

May 2008

Press Release 20th May 2008 : Number of smokers increases in spite of smoking ban

Number of people smoking increases despite ban!!!
This story in The Irish Examiner newspaper was reported on the ASH News Service recently. Surprisingly – it has not been widely reported in the UK media or addressed by ASH or the Department of Health in the UK.
Allen Carr’s Easyway have always maintained that although the smoking ban might have been essential to protect worker’s health from the effects of passive smoking it simply was not going to have the desired impact on smoking levels. To do that, smokers need to be treated with respect and provided with an effective means of quitting smoking as an alternative to the failing NHS Quit Smoking Service. So far the government, Department of Health, and NHS have refused to meet Allen Carr’s Easyway organization.
John Dicey, Worldwide Director of Allen Carr’s Easyway comments “I would hope, that with the anniversary of the smoking ban in England fast approaching (July 1st), investigative journalists will look into the findings of this report by the Irish Department of Health and start to ask questions of our own Department of Health”.
Allen Carr’s Easyway To Quit Smoking also celebrates an anniversary in July. It will be 25 years since the discovery of the method that has cured an estimated 10 million smokers in 40 countries.
Report from ASH News Service:
Despite the introduction of the smoking ban nearly three years ago, smoking levels have increased in Ireland, according to a national study of Irish health and lifestyles. The SLÁN research on attitudes to health and nutrition found 29% of the country smoke compared with 27% five years ago.
Anti-smoking lobbyist ASH Ireland has, as a result, called for a 50 cent increase in the cost of cigarettes, the removal of all smoking advertising from shops and a huge investment in educating young people on the health risk of tobacco usage.
Reacting to the findings regarding smoking levels Professor Luke Clancy of ASH Ireland said he was concerned the study showed that 56% of women, aged 18-29 and from the two lowest socioeconomic brackets, were smoking.
“Close to 7,000 people die from tobacco use in this country each year and billions of euro are expended by our health services in treating tobacco-related illness.
The findings of this survey are a wake-up call for Government. The fight against tobacco is far from over – there is much more to do,” he said.
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