ASH Ireland welcomes Axa decision to ditch tobacco

 

ASH Ireland welcomes the decision by Axa Insurance to dispose of its tobacco industry shares and cease investing in the industry.  This is an important signal for all those involved in the fight against tobacco and also for those who continue to manufacture and market a product that is known to contribute to the death of 1 in 2 of its users.

Interestingly AXA has affirmed in its statement, released today, something that the health sector have been emphasising for decades – “The human cost of tobacco is tragic; its economic cost is huge”

Tragically close to 6000 Irish people lose their lives each year due to the harmful effects of smoking and further thousands are continually endeavoring to cope with tobacco related disease.

It is imperative that our Government continues its efforts to reduce smoking prevalence and in this should have the support of all sectors of society. The drive for profit should never be allowed to take priority over the health of our citizens.

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ASH Ireland -   0818 305055

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ASH Ireland warns against undermining the Workplace Smoking Legislation

ASH Ireland would be deeply concerned that any consideration might be given to undermining the Workplace Smoking Legislation.
Dr Patrick Doorley, Chairman of ASH Ireland said this morning, “This is one of the most progressive and successful pieces of health legislation introduced in recent years, and has been replicated by countries all around the world. This pro health legislation has shown the Irish Government as international leaders in the fight against tobacco and nicotine addiction.”Since the introduction of the workplace-smoking ban, prevalence in Ireland has been reduced by close to 10% to 19.5%. This is a remarkable development, which will save lives and massively reduced smoking related illness.  It will also contribute to the reduction of the close to €1bn spend on tobacco related illness annually.This legislation was introduced to protect workers from environmental tobacco smoke, an established carcinogen.

The public support for this legislation has always been over 90% and interestingly over 70% of smokers support this legislation.

The introduction of a ban on smoking in our pubs and restaurants has for the first time in decades allowed people with respiratory diseases, including asthma to socialise in public areas – surely we would never contemplate reversing this.

ASH Ireland would expect that the present Government will now proceed with the introduction of standardized packaging and look for every possible measure to save lives and reduce illness from tobacco related disease.

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