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Ireland is the latest country to instigate a ban on smoking in the workplace.[1]

Health Minister Micheál Martin said the law had been introduced in the interest of health and in the interest of Irish people.

“He said there was no dispute over the damaging effects of tobacco and second-hand smoke.

“Prison cells, hotel rooms, psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes and hospices are exempt from the ban.

“The law will be policed by a team of around 450 inspectors, 100 of whom are Dublin-based.

“Around 340 environmental health officers will monitor the ban in pubs and restaurants and a complaints hot-line has been set up to ensure the law is properly enforced.

“Fines of €3,000 will be issued to anyone caught smoking illegally.”

The only workplaces exempt from the ban are those that double as residences: hotel rooms, prison cells, psychiatric hospitals and nursing homes.

“Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, a non-smoker and regular pub-goer, said he envisioned an Ireland where 'future generations, thankfully, will never know what it was like to work in an enclosed, smoke-filled environment'.

“[... ] it would 'take six weeks to two months for the ban to settle down'. His target, he said, was for more than 90 per cent compliance within the year.”

Pub-owners had previously threatened several times to go to court, fearing a drop in their turn-overs. But with only a quarter of their customers being smokers, they are more likely to see their business improve.

The Irish health minister also predicted that other European countries will follow suit:

The most immediate countries next up are Sweden for next year, Malta is anxious to go ahead in April, Finland is on the cards to do this and Holland will also be introducing a form of workplace ban.”

However, the United Kingdom is unlikely to act in the near future.

Ministers have made it clear they favour voluntary smoking bans - fearful that they will be accused of running a "nanny state". ” [24.10.2003]


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  1. Smoking bans have already been instigated in many places throughout the world. For instance, New Zealand passed the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Act in December 2003, which extended existing laws to ensure that all indoor workplaces are smokefree, including bars and restaurants.Norway has similar no smoking laws,while in the USA, several states and cities have such ban – for instance, New York, Boston, Florida and California.

    In some Californian cities, the smoking ban even extends to some beaches.
31.03.2004


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