Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

AL­MOST 85pc of peo­ple in Ire­land would be will­ing to do­nate or­gans — but only a third of us have taken steps to in­di­cate our in­ten­tions.

It means that Ire­land ranks only 15th out of 28 Euro­pean coun­tries when it comes to or­gan do­na­tion, said the Ir­ish Donor Net­work. The group wel­comed pro­pos­als to in­tro­duce soft opt-out or­gan do­na­tion here.

This would see a sys­tem put in place whereby peo­ple are pre­sumed to wish to do­nate their or­gans un­less they opt out through on on­line reg­istry. Next of kin will con­tinue to be con­sulted and if they de­cline or­gan do­na­tion, it will not take place. Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is open at health.gov.ie/ con­sul­ta­tions.

The clos­ing date is Oc­to­ber 9. Women tend to find it

harder to give up smok­ing than men. They have a higher rate of re­lapse and are much less likely to suc­ceed

us­ing nicotine re­place­ment prod­ucts,

such as gum.

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