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RCPI: Supporting Tobacco Free Ireland
Tobacco is an addictive drug that kills when used as intended. As a healthcare organisation representing thousands of doctors on the frontline of our health services, we represent a patient-focused, independent voice in the national debate on addressing the harm caused by tobacco.

Members of the RCPI Policy Group on Tobacco are doctors working in the Irish health system, many of whom treat patients with serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancers caused by smoking. Our doctors want to take action to prevent more lives being lost by reviewing the latest evidence and proposing practical ways to reduce smoking prevalence in Ireland.

The RCPI Policy Group on Tobacco was established in 2014 and is chaired by Dr Des Cox, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. From 2020, the Policy Group on Tobacco and the Institute of Public Health (IPH) have entered a collaboration to increase the impact of research and advocacy in the area of tobacco use for both the IPH and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Under this collaboration, a number of joint position papers will be published.

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