Wednesday 18 January 2012

You Don't Say!

Over half of smokers in Ireland smoked more than usual over the recent Christmas period, with most blaming this on increased socialising, new research has found.
No, really?
According to a survey of over 1,000 adults, 55% smoked more than usual over the festive period, with almost seven in 10 putting this down to more socialising. Some 40% said they would smoke at least a full extra pack of cigarettes during Christmas week then they would in a normal week.

Other reasons for an increase in the habit at this time of the year included 'boredom', 'no work restrictions' and 'I'm treating myself'.
Hmm, what a conundrum for tobacco control. How do they prevent this? Well, enforced restrictions on home smoking might help, eh?

Oh yeah, and ban Christmas! When health is the only issue worthy of consideration these days, it's a no brainer, isn't it?


Curmudgeon said...

Good Lord, next thing they'll be saying that people drank more over Christmas as well...

Something must be done!

Man and a half said...

"The Office of Tobacco Control was dissolved on 1st January 2011, under the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2010. The statutory functions previously vested in the Office were transferred to the Health Service Executive."

Christ, now who will carry out valuable research?

Anyhow,Health Service Executive sounds vaguely sinister, a bit like The Committee of Public Safety that we all know and love so well.

But wait.... whats this? Same Doctor fella, Dr Stephen Murphy, who delivered the smoking research above also says:

"People also used the holidays as an excuse to treat themselves to more alcohol than usual.

More than a quarter of those surveyed (27%) said they consumed 10 more units of alcohol in one week over the holidays compared with what they would drink in a normal week."

No shit, Irish people drink more at Christmas - research proves it!

One in four over indulge at Christmas, wtf is worng with the other three?

Curmudgeon said...

The other three are probably pissed all year round ;-)

To make matters even worse, no doubt research will demonstrate an increase in the consumption of fatty and sugary food over the Christmas period, and a reduction in exercise taken.

nisakiman said...

" doubt research will demonstrate an increase in the consumption of fatty and sugary food over the Christmas period..."

It's wonderful what they can do with research these days, isn't it.

Back in the day, they used to have to do the research first, before they got the result. These days, they know the result before they do the research. It must be because they have so many experts now.

Isn't modern technology amazing?

Pat Nurse MA said...

"Oh yeah, and ban Christmas!"

Don't give 'em ideas DP :(

Blue'n'Bramble said...

Is this from the Irish Ministry of the Bleeding Obvious?

Lyn said...

Only a pack a week extra! Hubby and I were getting through between a half and a whole pack extra a DAY! Never thought the Irish were lightweights! :)

As for alcohol? I usually only drink one glass of wine a week but over Christmas I got through quite a few glasses of wine and 3 bottles of Baileys - am still working my way through the litre of Baileys I was given, but work gets in the way somewhat!

Anonymous said...

Just think, that was all money that would have been spent in pubs, which are many out of business and will never come back. Good thing they supported the smoking ban.