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Drive for EU-wide smoking ban

31st January 2007

10082006_smoking_in_cafe1.jpgEU health commissioner Markos Kyprianou says he will seek a 'comprehensive ban' on smoking in public places across the entire European Union.

He said he would ask all 27 EU governments, non-governmental organisations, consumers and the tobacco industry for smoking ban proposals by May 31, with final recommendations to be announced in early 2008.

Ireland was the first EU country to ban smoking in public places in 2004, and the country has already seen an improvement in respiratory health since then.

Tobacco-related diseases kill 650,000 Europeans a year, including 19,000 non-smokers who are thought to be the victims of passive inhalation.

One bar-worker a week dies from passive smoking, studies have shown.


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