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Howell, Fenton (2004) Ireland's workplaces, going smoke free. British Medical Journal, 328, (7444), pp. 847-848. doi: 10.1136/bmj.328.7444.847.

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On 29 March 2004 Ireland became the first European country to implement legislation creating smoke-free enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants.1 Norway (June 2004) and Sweden (2005) are on schedule to introduce similar legislation. Though there are some minor exemptions in the Irish legislation, this move is ground breaking and is of immense public health importance. The legislation shines as a beacon for other jurisdictions that might want to follow Ireland's lead.

There were many twists and turns in the development of the Irish legislation. Over the past 15 years in particular, activity in all areas of tobacco control helped create the platform on which this legislation on secondhand smoke developed. Politicians, public servants, trade unions, and non-governmental organisations all played their part....

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Identification #
doi: 10.1136/bmj.328.7444.847
Page Range
pp. 847-848
BMJ Publishing
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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