Tobacco Free Ireland Programme

The Tobacco Free Ireland Programme is run by HSE Health and Wellbeing.

It was set up in 2016 as part of the Healthy Ireland in the Health Services Implementation Plan.

Its main focus is to improve health and wellbeing and reduce the number of people who smoke.

The programme coordinates and leads tobacco control activity across the health services.

It also ensures the HSE is implementing actions listed in the Government's Tobacco Free Ireland strategy.

Its focus is to:

  • prioritise the protection of children
  • contribute to the denormalisation of tobacco use for the next generation
  • support people to quit smoking
  • treat tobacco dependence as a care issue and focus on helping people who smoke more and have health problems

Implementation plan

The actions it will take to achieve these objectives are set out in the HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme Implementation Plan 2022-2025 (PDF, 579 KB, 28 pages).

It is informed by the The State of Tobacco Control in Ireland report 2022 (PDF, 3.35 MB, 106 pages). The report aims to monitor and review recent efforts in tackling smoking-related harm in Ireland.

An implementation group has been set up to give strategic direction, monitor progress and facilitate effective co-operation between service areas within the HSE.

Tobacco Free Ireland Programme Group members include senior management from each HSE service area, hospital groups and community healthcare organisations.

Tobacco Free Ireland Policy -

Healthy Ireland Framework 2019-2025 -

Research and publications

Research and publications related to the Tobacco Free Ireland programme.