Written Answers. - Anti-Smoking Measures.

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

290 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Health and Children if any action is open to him to ban smoking in shopping centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10680/03]

On 30 January 2003 at the launch of the report on the health effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in the workplace, I announced a prohibition on smoking in places of work which will come into operation on 1 January 2004. This prohibition will include shopping centres.