Tax increases on regular cigarettes bring about decreases in consumption but there is strong evidence that in Ireland there is a corresponding shift to the use of loose or roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco which is taxed at a much lower rate. The use of RYO tobacco in Ireland has increased significantly from 3.5% in 2003 to 28.5% in 2016. Despite a general decline in smoking prevalence in the last two decades, prevalence is still significantly higher amongst those in lower socioeconomic groups and in young adults, and it is in these populations that RYO tobacco is primarily used.

In advance of Budget 2018, AHPI has submitted a paper to the Department of Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, calling for an Increase in tax levels on roll-your-own tobacco until they are equivalent to those on cigarettes.

Download the submission [PDF]

Irish Heart Foundation

Exciting opportunity in the Irish Heart Foundation - Workplace Health Promotion Officer.


Closing Date: Friday 25th August 2017

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Please find link here to HSE jobs for x 9 Grade VI Health Promotion and Improvement Officers (HP&IO), Health Promotion and Improvement.

A panel may be created from which vacancies throughout the National Health & Wellbeing Division in all Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) areas will be filled (i.e. in all parts of the HSE). There are 9 posts to be filled initially. The location of the posts will be as follows: CHO 2 – Roscommon Town and Merlin Park, Galway (2 posts) CHO 6 – HSE Civic Offices, Bray Co Wicklow (2 posts) CHO 7 – 52 Broomhill Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24 ( 2 posts) CHO 9 - Nexus Building, Blanchardstown (3 posts)

Please ensure you download the Job Specification, NRS04813. Additional Campaign Information as well the Application Form. All of these documents can be accessed through the link above.

Informal Enquiries To: Name: Janet Gaynor Email: Mobile: 087 9682048 Name: Fergal Fox Email: Mobile: 0863830218

 SDG Advoate

Are you a change maker in your community?

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge?

Do you want to join Ireland’s network of active citizens and create long lasting change within your community?

Apply today to represent your county as an Irish SDG Advocate. The SDG Advocate programme will offer 26 active citizens an opportunity to represent their county and become the first of Ireland’s SDG Advocates through this innovative project. This training course will allow the advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, represent the project internationally and lead transformative change in each respective county.

Target group: Youth workers, NGO workers, health workers, recent/current graduates, teachers, returned volunteers, community activists etc. (This is an 18+ programme)


AHPI supports the call for the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in full. Alcohol harm in Ireland claims 3 lives every day and is responsible for a huge burden of ill health.

More information on the campaign can be found at and on Facebook @Handsoffourhealth and Twitter #Handsoffourhealth.

Here are some of our members who work in the HSE, the Irish Cancer Society, The National Youth Health Programme and Athlone IT who are showing their support.

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Formed in 1997, the Association for Health Promotion Ireland provides a forum through which health promotion professionals can exchange knowledge and ideas.