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Northern Ireland will introduce a smoking ban

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7522.922-b (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:922
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Plans by the Northern Ireland health minister, Shaun Woodward, to introduce a total ban on smoking in bars and restaurants from April 2007 have been welcomed by the BMA.


    Smoking will be banned in enclosed public places, such as this Belfast pub, from April 2007

    Credit: ALASDAIR McBROOM/http://www.bigglasseye.com/

    Brian Patterson, chairman of the BMA in Northern Ireland, said Mr Woodward had “shown courage” in making this decision. “We will give him our full support in taking it to implementation,” he said.

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