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9 May 2014 | News

The Giro d’Italia is giving a boost to cycling and active travel across the island. It comes as Dublin City has plans to increase its successful Bike Scheme and Belfast works to introduce a similiar scheme next year. The NI Assembly Regional Development Committee are also conducting an Inquiry into the benefits of cycling to the economy. IPH are members of Northern Ireland Environment Link who submitted a consultation response to the Committee in March which you can access here.

2 Apr 2014 | News

‘Stay active, stay healthy, and live longer’ was the message from NI Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Michael McBride as he launched his annual report. Dr McBride said that while there have been welcome improvements in the health of the public in Northern Ireland; there are still significant challenges to overcome. Lifestyle choices continue to impact our health and add to already significant pressures on our health service. There has been a continued improvement in the health of the public in Northern Ireland and we can see this in the steady increase in life expectancy and a reduction in the death rates for heart disease and a number of cancers in those under 75.

26 Mar 2014 | News

24 Mar 2014 | News

The newly published Health Service Executive (HSE) report ‘Alcohol’s Harm to Others in Ireland’ examines alcohol harm to people other than the drinker in three settings – the general population, the workplace and children and families. The report confirmed that there is very significant harm associated with alcohol, extending far beyond that experienced by the person drinking, in each of these settings. The report found that one in four people have experienced harm due to someone else’s drinking.

24 Mar 2014 | News

A Tobacco-Free Future revealed 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) in November 2013, showed that while tobacco control measures are being successful, disadvantaged children are at particular risk of tobacco-related harms. The report findings demonstrated the return from the introduction of broad-ranging tobacco control measures such as smoke-free workplaces, regulation of vending machines and pack sizes, price increases and removal of point of sale displays in retail outlets

12 Mar 2014 | News

March 2014 provides a number of opportunities to highlight the importance of continuing efforts to restrict access and appeal of tobacco products to young people and stress the importance of smoking cessation initiatives within maternity, child and family policies and services, particularly in disadvantaged areas across the island of Ireland. No Smoking Day was held on 5 March (Ash Wednesday) in the Republic of Ireland and 12 March in Northern Ireland. The 10 year anniversary of the Smokefree Workplace Legislation will be celebrated in the Republic of Ireland on 29 March.

6 Feb 2014 | News

IPH presented to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children on 6 February 2013 on Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013.

29 Jan 2014 | News

The “CHRODIS” Joint Action, addressing chronic diseases and promoting healthy ageing across the life cycle, co-financed by the EU Health Programme, starts its work today at a kick-off meeting. The objective of CHRODIS is to help EU countries and regions exchange good practices in tackling chronic diseases. A special focus will be given to health promotion and disease prevention, multi-morbidity (people with more than one long-term condition) and diabetes. IPH is an associate partner in work package 5 working on good practice in prevention of chronic disease.

18 Dec 2013 | News

28 Nov 2013 | News

The UK Government have announced that they will give ministers the power to introduce standardised tobacco packaging legislation although the implementation will be subject to an evidence review. The evidence review will be led by Sir Cyril Chantler who will report by the end of March 2014. Subject to findings legislation could be implemented before the 2015 UK General Elections. The news comes the same week IPH/TFRI released A Tobacco-Free Future which highlighted how children are still trying their first cigarette at a very young age and their stage of development makes them uniquely susceptible to tobacco marketing and branding.