Tobacco Control Policy

Tobacco Free Ireland Programme Policy

In 2010 the HSE adopted the Tobacco Control Framework (2010-2015)  which was a five year action plan for tobacco control based on the WHO MPOWER approach. One of the main actions contained within the framework included the development and implementation of a Tobacco Free Campus Policy.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) as the leading healthcare provider is committed to protection and prevention of illness and disease through a reduction in the use of tobacco and its harmful effects. The policy aims is to create a healthier tobacco free, clean environment for its staff, patients/service users and visitors.

Implementation of the policy will mean that smoking by employees, patients/service users, visitors and any other parties will be prohibited within all HSE campuses. The policy will help change social norms around tobacco use and treat tobacco addiction as a healthcare issue by encouraging and supporting people to quit through the provision of cessation medication and behavioural support for smokers. A toolkit to support managers and staff in implementing the policy was also created.

A further policy the Second Hand Smoke in Domestic Setting Policy was developed following extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders particularly those working in the community and in Primary care. This was launched during the lifetime of the framework (December 2014) along with supporting tools and resources. Please see Second Hand Smoke leaflet and Second Hand Smoke Poster.

The Tobacco Control Framework provided a coherent national response to tobacco use and outlined national standards for service provision in addition to actions which promote the incorporation of cessation support across the organisation at all levels of service provision. During the five year implementation phase senior members of the HSE with expertise in Tobacco Control were invited by the Department of Health to assist in the drafting of the succession policy – ‘Tobacco Free Ireland’ which was published in 2013.

The HSE through new governance structures and a HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Implementation plan continue to implement tobacco control policies, monitor compliance with tobacco legislation and improve cessation services.

Policy Documents:

National Tobacco Free Campus Policy

Tobacco Control Framework (2010-2015)

Second Hand Smoke in Domestic Setting Policy