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Ipsos MRBI. (2019) Healthy Ireland survey 2019 summary of findings. Dublin: Government Publications.

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Key findings:

  • Level of smoking drops to 17% of the population
  • Obesity: still a major concern with 60% overweight or obese
  • Activity: 54% of men and 38% of women achieve the minimum level of recommended physical activity
  • Sleep: Adults get 7.1 hours sleep on an average weeknight
  • Carers: 42% of carers report that they themselves have a long-standing illness or health problem

The prevalence of smoking has dropped from 23% in 2015 to 17% in 2019 which means there are now an estimated 165,000 fewer smokers than there were five years ago. Plain packaging with health warnings, introduced under a new law in 2018, was cited by 25% of smokers as a good motivation to quit. In the last 12 months 40% of smokers have made an attempt to quit, with health concerns being the prime motivator for people wanting to quit. 5% of the population use e-cigarettes and a further 12% have tried them at some point.

Item Type
Publication Type
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
November 2019
36 p.
Government Publications
Corporate Creators
Ipsos MRBI
Place of Publication
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HRB (Electronic Only)

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