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Pressure to introduce work place smoking ban impossible to ignore

1 July, 2004


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd has said that pressure to introduce a workplace smoking ban is now impossible to ignore and called on NIO direct rule Minster Angela Smith to enter into discussion with local politicians, practitioners from the Health field and representatives of the business and hospitality trade to begin to work out the details for how such a smoking ban can be put in place.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"The pressure to introduce a workplace smoking ban is now impossible to ignore.

"The GAA has shown positive leadership in embracing the need to introduce a smoking ban and the BMA have spelt out clearly that that it wants to see a smoking ban introduced.

"The British government needs to come clean on its attitude towards the smoking ban. NIO direct rule Health Minister Angela Smith has the ability to publish a consultation document on this now. She should do so without delay.

"I would also urge Angela Smith to enter into discussion with local politicians, practitioners from the Health field and representatives of the business and hospitality trade to begin to work out the details for how such a smoking ban can be put in place and about the terms of reference to this urgently required legislation." ENDS

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