Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (267, 268)

John Gormley

Question:

396 Mr. Gormley asked 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]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

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.

John Gormley

Question:

397 Mr. Gormley asked 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]

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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.