Fantastic Forum FridayT-G-I-#FantasticForumFriday! Joining us today is our in-house EHS expert Paul Tierney (We call him “The Guru”) of Phoenix Safety with a spotlight post on the impact of smoking and the dangers it can cause to your health.

You can follow Paul on Twitter here and Phoenix Safety here.

Smoking Rates

Smoking rates were highest among young adults (18-34 years), reaching 30.7% in the 18-24 year old age group. Prevalence was lowest among the 65+ age group at 9.7%.

A higher percentage of men (22.9%) reported being smokers than women (20.2%).

The highest cigarette smoking prevalence rates were in the lower socio economic groups (C, 24.6%, D&E, 25.9%) The lowest smoking rates (15.5% and 13%) were among farmers and higher socio economic groups (AB)

A Professional people, very senior managers in business and commerce, or top-level civil servants
B Middle management executives in large organizations; Principal Officers in local government and civil service; top management or owners of small business concerns, education and service establishments
C All skilled manual workers and those manual workers with responsibility for other people.
D All semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers
E All those entirely dependent on the state long-term; those unemployed for period exceeding 6 months.


Smoking costs to the HSE

woman smokingThe QUIT campaign which costs €840,000 in 2011 is a major preventative health education priority for the HSE and if it prevents just 100 of the annual 36,000 hospital admissions with tobacco related disease the campaign will pay for itself.


Hazardous Materials

Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds. These are the legitimate cigarettes – the black market cigarettes contain many more.


Impacts on Health

A doctor discussing the impact of smoking with a patientSmokers under the age of 40 have a 5 times higher risk of heart attack or stroke than non-smokers.

The Department of Health say that smokers have an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, strokes, low birth weight and many other diseases.

90 per cent of lung cancers in Ireland are caused by smoking and 50 per cent of all smokers will die from smoking related diseases. On average the life expectancy of a smoker is between 10 to 15 years less than a non-smoker. 1 in every 2 smokers will die of a tobacco related disease. Most smokers (83%) regret that they ever started smoking and would not smoke if they had the choice again.


Cigarette deaths in Ireland

7,000 people die from smoking related diseases in Ireland each year according to figures from the Department of Health. That’s 583 a month or 135 a week or 19 a day.


70% of smokers want to quit smoking

There is no ambiguity in the fact that cigarette smoking will cause you health risks and may take your life.

The average smoker on 20 cigarettes per day spends €3,600.00 per year to damage their health. It’s time to give them up now.

One year after stopping smoking, the risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.



Support to quit is available all you have to do is reach out for it:

Quit Smoking Ireland 1800 201 203 /

HSE Quitline 1850 24 1850 /

Irish Cancer Society 1800 200 700


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