Ireland - group wants govt to relax smoking ban but check out the consequences of smoking..

February 16, 2011 - Ireland (ASH Ireland - KEY Facts: Smoking is estimated to be the cause of approximately 7,000 deaths in Ireland each year, chiefly by illnesses such as lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and emphysema (Department of Health and Children); Around 30% of all cancer deaths in Ireland are attributed to smoking; 90% of lung cancers are caused by smoking (Department of Health and Children); It costs the State €1 billion (1.4 billion USD) per year to provide health services for smokers (Department of Health and Children)

A smokers’ lobby group says the next government should relax the smoking ban and have greater respect for Ireland’s one million adult smokers. Tobacco control policies should be amended so they “are fair for everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike”, said Forest Eireann. Speaking at the launch of the group’s smokers’ manifesto in Cork, spokesman John Mallon said: “There are one million smokers in Ireland, and smokers are voters too. “The next government must review the way smokers are treated and devise policies that are fair for everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike.”

References: Smokers are voters too, says Forest Eireann by Infowars Ireland, 2/15/2011; Smokers cough up average €3,500 on cigarettes last year by Evelyn Ring,, 2/16/2011.

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