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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 729 - Legal matters [Tobacco] [12174/15]. (24 Mar 2015)

729. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if his Department has carried out any study of the legal class actions taken by American citizens and Government agencies against major cigarette companies in recent decades [12174/15]


Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Officials in my Department are aware of the legal actions taken in the United States against the tobacco industry but have not commissioned or carried out any studies in this regard.


Tobacco consumption is today the greatest single cause of preventable illness and premature death in Ireland, killing over 5,200 people a year. Smokers die on average 10 years sooner than non-smokers; and one in every two of smokers will die from a tobacco related disease. I am of the view that the measures we are putting in place to implement our tobacco policy, Tobacco Free Ireland   will contribute to reducing the overall prevalence of smoking in Ireland to less than 5% and help meet our target of a tobacco free Ireland by 2025.

Item Type
Dail Debates
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Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
24 March 2015
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