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Total Smoking ban only sensible choice

17 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd has said that the decision of NIO Health Minster Shaun Woodward to introduce a total workplace smoking ban was the only sensible choice.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"This is a victory for common sense. A total workplace smoking ban is the only sensible choice. Any other option would have undermined the right of workers to work in a smoke free environment.

"This decision could have the single biggest impact on public health and the advancement of the public health agenda championed by Bairbre de Brún when she was Health Minster.

"It is important that Shaun Woodward sticks to the April 2007 deadline for the introduction of this ban. Sinn Féin will be scrutinising the legislation when it is published to ensure that it is able to have the impact intended." ENDS

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