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Northern Ireland Announces Public Smoking Ban

Magazine article Public Finance

Northern Ireland Announces Public Smoking Ban

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Northern Ireland is to follow the example of the Republic of Ireland and Scotland by banning smoking in all workplaces and enclosed public spaces from April 2007.

The province's health minister, Shaun Woodward, announced the ban after a public consultation showed 91% of respondents supported a ban, while in private consultations ten out of 11 trade unions were also in favour of prohibition.

The ban is an indication that the Department of Health might be reconsidering its intention not to impose such draconian restrictions in England and Wales.

Woodward, a former smoker, said: 'I visited New York and the Republic of Ireland to find out if their smoking controls had worked. They did work. In fact, there was overwhelming support from the public and workers in both countries which was why the introduction of smoking controls was so successful. …

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