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Latest News 22 05 2018


Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease." The campaign will increase awareness on the:

· link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death;

·  feasible actions and measures that key audiences, including governments and the public, can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco.

World No Tobacco Day 2018 coincides with a range of global initiatives and opportunities aimed at addressing the tobacco epidemic and its impact of public health, particularly in causing the death and suffering of millions of people globally.

How tobacco endangers the heart health of people worldwide

World No Tobacco Day 2018 will focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

Despite the known harms of tobacco to heart health, and the availability of solutions to reduce related death and disease, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of CVD is low.

Facts about tobacco, heart and other cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12% of all heart disease deaths. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of CVD, after high blood pressure.

The global tobacco epidemic kills more than 7 million people each year, of which close to 900 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Nearly 80% of the more than 1 billion smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest.

Council’s Strategy

The Environmental Health Department is responsible for enforcing a wide range of laws introduced to reduce the harm due to tobacco products, including legislation relating to the sale of tobacco products and smoke free workplaces and public places.

Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable illness and premature death in Northern Ireland, with one in every six deaths being attributable to smoking.

Of great concern to us locally is that, with 23.3% of adults smoking, Derry City and Strabane District Council is second only to Belfast among the 11 district councils in having the highest estimated smoking prevalence.

In order to reduce the harm caused by smoking, DHSSPS has published a "Ten Year Tobacco Control Strategy for Northern Ireland".

This strategy has three key objectives namely:

·         fewer people smoking;

·         more smokers quitting; and

·         protection for all from second hand smoke.

With responsibility for enforcing a wide range of tobacco control legislation, Derry City and Strabane District Council has an important role to play in helping to achieve these objectives within the City and District.


Latest news” 19.05.2017

Derry City & Strabane District Council is reminding tobacco retailers in the area that new regulations from the EU Tobacco Products Directive come into force on 20th May 2017. These regulations relate to tobacco and nicotine products and they affect tobacco sales in the following ways;

You will no longer be able to sell 10-packs of cigarettes - minimum packet quantity will be 20 cigarettes Bags containing less than 30g of loose tobacco will also be banned Menthol cigarettes are going to continue to be gradually phased out, because they are aimed at beginner smokers Cigarette packets must all be a uniform plain, brown-green colour with graphic images showing people the impact smoking has on your health Flavoured cigarettes and loose tobacco – including fruit, spice, herbs, alcohol, candy and vanilla – will be made illegal

The Council will be carrying  out spot checks of tobacco products and is encouraging all tobacco retailers to check that their stock complies with the new directives.

“Latest news” 28.04.2017

Derry City and Strabane District Council are this week celebrating the ten year anniversary of N. Ireland officially becoming ‘smoke free’.

On Monday April 30th 2007 legislation came into effect to ensure that all enclosed work spaces, including vehicles, would be smoke free thus reducing the health impacts of smoking, particularly passive smoking. Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable illness and premature death in N. Ireland. More than 2,300 people die in N.I. each year from smoking related illnesses - this equates incredibly to more than six people a day and 44 individuals every week. Derry City & Strabane District Council area has the second highest rate of smoking prevalence in adults in N.I. at 23.3%.

The smoke free legislation has been widely supported by local businesses and the public since it was introduced ten years ago and this has contributed to a substantial reduction in second hand smoke exposure in Northern Ireland.

“Latest news” 09.08.2016

The Tobacco Register is now operational and since 1st July  2016 it has been compulsory for all Tobacco Retailers in Northern Ireland to be registered. If you are a retailer or a licensed premises owner and you sell tobacco products (including cigarette papers), please register today if you have not already done so. Owners of unregistered premises could receive a fixed penalty notice of £500 or face prosecution.

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