Smoking Ban introduced to Workplaces
From 29th March, smoking is prohibited in the places of work of the Sligo Local Authorities. The law is being introduced to protect employees and the public from exposure to the effects of tobacco smoke, with most enclosed places of work in Ireland becoming smoke-free.
The Minister for Health and Children announced the measure in January 2003. In April 2003 draft regulations were notified to the European Commission under EU Transparency Directive. No objections were raised by Member States to the regulations, or to two amendments that were added in November 2003.
In framing the new legislation, the Department of Health was guided by a report published by the Health and Safety Authority (HAS) called ‘The Health Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke in the Workplace’. A critical element of the report was the Authority’s acceptance of the World Health Organisation’s designation of ETS - Environmental Tobacco Smoke - as a known carcinogen. The report was prepared by an independent expert scientific group, and among their findings were...
The promotion campaign leading up to March 29th has focused on the health concerns associated with smoking and passive smoking..
Some of the comments from a very random survey of Sligo Local Authorities include
The phone number for the ‘National Quitline’ is 1850 201 203.
Sligo County Council and Sligo Borough Council have circulated a policy on smoking in the workplace to staff.
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