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de Brún calls for smoking ban in the six Counties

26 November, 2004


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún, speaking from Brussels today, has called for the introduction of a smoking ban in the six Counties. Ms. De Brún was reacting to the recent decision by the Scottish Parliament to introduce a smoking ban in the workplace.

Speaking from Brussels today she said:

"Following the success of the smoking ban in the 26 Counties and the recent decision by the Scottish Executive to introduce a similar ban, there is a growing realisation in the 6 Counties that such legislation would be practical and extremely beneficial to the health of all workers.

"Both myself and my colleagues, Mary Lou McDonald MEP (Dublin) and John O'Dowd MLA, Health Spokesperson, have publicly called for an all Ireland approach on this matter, and I reiterate that call today. A recent study found that 7000 people in the South have given up smoking or attempted to since the introduction of the smoking ban. This provides us with yet more evidence of the benefits of such legislation.

"The success of the smoking ban in the 26 counties and the recent decision by the Scottish Executive 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.

"Direct rule Minister with responsibility for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Angela Smith should move on this speedily. All the local political parties support the right of workers to work in a smoke free environment and she must take this into account." ENDS

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