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Sunday, Salome and Hanafin, Joan and Clancy, Luke (2021) Increased smoking and e-cigarette use among Irish teenagers: a new threat to Tobacco Free Ireland 2025. ERJ Open Research, Early online, . 10.1183/23120541.00438-2021.

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Tobacco Free Ireland is an Irish Government policy which demands that the prevalence of tobacco smoking in Ireland be less than 5% by 2025. From 1995 to 2015, teen smoking decreased from 41% in 1995 to 13.1 % in 2015, and SimSmoke modelling suggested that the 5% 2025 target was achievable in that group. But, in 2019, current smoking (smoked in the past 30 days) increased overall from 13.1% in 2015 to 14.4% in 2019, with the increase being greater in boys than girls (16.2%) vs (12.8%). This threatens the Tobacco Free Ireland endgame and we drew on data from two waves (2015 and 2019) of the Irish ESPAD (European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs) to analyse the use of tobacco products by teenagers and offer an explanation for the change.

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