Northern Ireland bans smoking20th November 2006
Northern Ireland is set to follow Scotland and ban smoking in public places from next year, the Government has announced.
The ban comes into effect from 30 April 2007 and will mean smoking will no longer be permitted in enclosed public places and work places right across Northern Ireland, including bars and restaurants.
Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable illness and premature death in Northern Ireland, costing the health service around £44 million each year.
The legislation is aimed at protecting everyone from the ill effects of smoking, and comes after extensive consultation.
The news has been welcomed by the chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Northern Ireland. Dr Brian Patterson said it was excellent news for all workers in Northern Ireland.
Guidance on good practice is set to be issued ahead of the ban for employers and others who are affected.
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Title: Northern Ireland bans smoking
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1171
Date Added: 20th Nov 2006