Drive for EU-wide smoking ban31st January 2007
EU 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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Title: Drive for EU-wide smoking ban
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1890
Date Added: 31st Jan 2007