New research from Aviva reveals that approximately 20 per cent of those completing an online health check and who admit to smoking are from Mayo.
Regionally, County Westmeath has the highest number of smokers with 31 per cent of respondents reporting to smoke, while County Monaghan reported the lowest number of smokers with only 16 per cent.
The research also revealed that Irish smokers smoke an average of 13 cigarettes every day costing the smoker approximately €163.80 each month and €2,000 a year.
“The research reveals a real need to cut out smoking in Ireland,” said Dr Stephen Murphy of the Aviva Health Insurance Medical Council. “I urge all smokers to seriously consider quitting this life threatening habit and to consequently live a healthier life. The risk of lung cancer for a smoker is significant — at least four out of five cases are associated with cigarette smoking. By quitting this habit the risk of lung cancer falls to the same level as a non-smoker after 15 years so it is so important for smokers to cut the habit at the earliest opportunity.
“The New Year is the ideal time to take positive steps to improve your health,” he added. “I would urge you to complete the online health check available at www.aviva.ie/health and to find out more helpful tips for a healthier you in 2010.”