Smoking in Ireland


The stats

Based on Irish Cancer Society research on smoking and attitudes to lung cancer:

  • 2 out of 5 people in Ireland said they have never smoked - this rises to over half of 18-24 year-olds.
  •  64 out of 100 smokers smoke every day.
  •  92 out of 100 smokers know that smoking causes lung cancer.
  •  41 out of 100 smokers know that lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer.
  •  31 out of 100 smokers are unconcerned about being diagnosed with lung cancer.
  •  Over 7 in 10 smokers have never spoken with a doctor or pharmacist about their lung health.
  •  1 in 10 smokers don't think there is much a doctor can do for their lung health.
  •  There are certain things that smokers said would stop them from going to their doctor about their lung health:
    • 1 in 3 smokers said they would be worried about what they would be told.
    • 1 in 5 smokers don't want a lecture on giving up smoking.
    • 1 in 5 smokers said a visit to their doctor is too expensive.
  •  21 out of 100 people don't think their symptoms are serious enough to go to the doctor.
Infographic: Smoking in Ireland

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