Written answers

Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Department of Health and Children

Smoking Ban

12:00 pm

Photo of John GormleyJohn Gormley (Dublin South East, Green Party)
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Question 396: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the reason the Office of Tobacco Control study into the economic consequences of the smoking ban conducted by a company (details supplied) has not yet been published; the cost of the study; when it is likely to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2999/04]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Minister, Department of Health and Children; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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As the Office for Tobacco Control is a separate statutory body, officials of my Department have contacted the office and asked it to reply directly to the Deputy in regard to the matter.

Photo of John GormleyJohn Gormley (Dublin South East, Green Party)
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Question 397: To ask the Minister for Health and Children when the smoking ban is likely to come into force; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3000/04]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Minister, Department of Health and Children; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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I will make a decision on the new date for commencement of the smoke-free workplaces regulations in the near future. I believe that the vast majority of employers, employees and the public will comply with the new measure. The primary purpose of making workplaces smoke-free is to protect people from exposure to toxic environmental tobacco smoke.

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