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2005 should be year smoking is banned in all workplaces Bairbre de Brún

5 January, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP and former Health Minister in the Six County Assembly, Bairbre de Brún, has today reiterated her calls for a complete smoking ban to be implemented in all work places. Ms de Brún said that 2005 should be 'remembered as the year smoking was finally eradicated from our places of work'.

Ms de Brún's comments came in the wake of a British Government decision to implement a smoking ban in all of its departments across the Six Counties.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"I want to welcome this very positive measure towards making the workplace a smoke free environment. This ban should become the catalyst for a complete ban on smoking in the workplace. Whilst smokers in the Civil Service had to use designated smoking rooms, the decision to remove these rooms is a major step towards changing mindsets in regards to smoking.

"Let us be strident and proactive in our calls for a smoking ban in workplaces across the 6 counties. The very negative effects of smoking are undeniable and are reinforced by innumerable medical experts. We know that smoking is harmful to our collective health and we know that the smoking ban in the 26 counties has been a success. I am calling upon Angela Smyth to conclude the consultation process on the issue as speedily as possible and implement a ban in the face of such irrefutable evidence.

"My hope is that 2005 will be remembered as the year smoking was finally eradicated from our places of work, as we move towards a more health conscious society. Sinn Féin will continue to press for this in the coming year." ENDS

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