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Pressure to introduce work place smoking ban impossible to ignore

27 September, 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 from representatives of the business and hospitality trade to begin to work out the details for how such a smoking ban can be out in place.

Mr O'Dowd said:

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

"The news that 7000 people in the South have given up smoking or attempted too since the introduction of the smoking ban is yet more evidence of the benefits of such legislation.

"The British government needs to come clean on its attitude towards the smoke free workplaces. 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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