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All Ireland smoking ban would be huge advancement in health protection

6 October, 2004


Sinn Féin MEPs Bairbre de Brún (6 Counties) and Mary Lou McDonald (Dublin) have today said that "an All Ireland ban on smoking in the workplace would be a major step towards a truly health conscious society".

Both MEPs made their statement after it emerged that an all-party parliamentary group of British MPs are due to travel to Dublin today, to investigate the success of the smoking ban.

Speaking today Ms de Brún and Ms McDonald said:

"Sinn Féin is calling upon the NIO direct rule Minster Angela Smith to begin a process of dialogue with the relevant bodies including health agencies and local politicians to discuss the implementation of a smoking ban in the workplace.

"The success of the smoking ban in the 26 counties, has led to the growing realisation that such legislation in the 6 counties would be practical and extremely beneficial to the health of all workers. An all Ireland ban on smoking in the workplace would be a major step towards a truly health conscious society.

"A recent study found that 7000 people in the South have given up smoking or attempted too since the introduction of the smoking ban. This provides us with yet more evidence of the benefits of such legislation.

"Sinn Féin has consistently called for an All Ireland approach to the smoking ban. The success of the smoking ban in the 26 counties should provide the catalyst for such an approach in the 6 counties, for the sake of the health and well being of all our citizens." ENDS

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