Tobacco Free Galway City

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Ireland. Each year almost 6,000 people die from tobacco related diseases. Read about the harmful effects of tobacco smoke here.

Tobacco smoke is not only harmful to the smoker but also to those exposed to second-hand smoke.

The Healthy Galway City Strategy aims to create a Tobacco Free Galway City. This journey has already begun, with a number of smoke-free initiatives rolled out in the city in 2018. In 2020, Healthy Galway City aim to expand the number and range of smoke-free places and spaces in the city.

Smoke-free Initiatives

Smoke-free homes

Protect the health of your family by making your home smoke-free. The smoke-free homes initiative was rolled out in Galway City in 2018. Download the smoke-free homes leaflet to find out how you can make your home smoke-free.

Smoke-free playgrounds

Help to protect children from exposure to second-hand smoke and denormalise tobacco use for future generations. With the support of the Healthy Ireland, smoke-free signs were installed in all of Galway City Council’s playgrounds in 2018. The signs inform the public that the playgrounds are smoke-free areas and also provide information on support for people to quit smoking.

For a list of playgrounds in Galway City click here.

Smoke-free cars

Smoking in an enclosed space such as a car greatly increases the concentration of harmful chemicals produced by second-hand smoke. In Ireland, it is illegal to smoke in cars where children are present (Protection of Children’s Health (Tobacco Smoke in Mechanically Propelled Vehicles) Act 2014

Support to quit smoking

There is help available if you smoke and would like to stop. The Quit service from the HSE provides help, information and advice on quitting smoking - Freephone 1800 201 203 or visit today.

National Policy

The Tobacco Free Ireland programme was launched in October 2013. It sets a target for Ireland to have a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5% by 2025, effectively making the country a tobacco free society.


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A range of printed materials, including information on quitting smoking, are now available to download, or order, from

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