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BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:191
  1. Harvey Marcovitch, BMJ syndication editor (

    Irish smokers accept smoke-free pubs and bars

    Surveys of a cohort of Irish smokers before and after the ban on smoking in public places have shown that they have largely accepted the new law. Compliance was very high nine months after the ban, with smoking continuing in just 5% of public houses, 3% of restaurants, and 14% of workplaces. In the UK, by comparison, there have been only minor reductions over the same period. Permission to smoke at home has declined by about 5% in both countries.

    Now, 83% of Irish smokers regard the law as a “good” or “very good” thing. Nearly half report visiting pubs less often than before the ban and spending less time there when they do. The study did not investigate economic consequences but …

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