Thursday, 10 May 2018
Department of Health
195. To ask the Minister for Health the amount spent by his Department and the HSE on campaigns and educating persons to change lifestyle as a preventive measure against chronic disease relating to tobacco in tabular form; the amount spent on Tobacco Free Ireland; the amount spent on promoted social media advertisements and content by amount spent per campaign and social media platform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20580/18]
Tobacco Free Ireland addresses a range of tobacco control issues and initiatives and contains over 60 recommendations. The recommendations include a variety of measures, for example, legislation, awareness, taxation, enforcement and smoking cessation. Many of these measures specifically seek to prevent our young people from starting to smoke which is one of the key priorities of the policy.
As the Health Service Executive ('HSE') delivers cessation services and has responsibility for tobacco control media campaigns I have asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy on these questions. If you have not received a reply within fifteen working days please contact my Private Office and it will follow-up on the matter.