On World No Tobacco Day the challenges of trying to quit and the growing problem of smuggled cigarettes.

Worldwide, smoking causes three million deaths every year as well as many illnesses as a result of tobacco smoking.

People on the streets talk about trying to give up smoking. Health factors and the expense of cigarettes are the two main drivers encouraging people to attempt to quit. However, it is not that straight forward as people struggle to cope.

It’s a bit late in the day to be thinking about it now.

Carmel Buttimer of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) talks about the battle against smoking. ASH believes that one of the biggest problems is smugglers who are flooding the market with cheap cigarettes.

One out of every three cigarettes smoked now is a smuggled cigarette. So it’s a huge global problem.

There is also a lack of information on the scale of the importation of smuggled cigarettes in Ireland. In 1994, one million pounds worth of cigarettes were confiscated. ASH calls on the government to introduce much stronger controls on smuggled cigarettes which should be treated in the same way as illegal drugs.

This episode of 'Nationwide’ was broadcast on 30 May 1995. The reporters are Eileen Magnier and Michael Ryan.