Health Minister To Push Smoking Ban To Outside Schools

The smoking ban is to be extended to school campuses and creche grounds, as health minister James Reilly pushes forward with a raft of new anti-smoking measures.

The minister a number of new measures have been passed by the government in a document titled, Tobacco-free Ireland, which sets out an aim to reduce the number of the population smoking to 5% within 12 years.

The new measures include:

• a ban on smoking on and around school campuses

• a ban on smoking on and around childcare facilities

• urging local authorities to ban smoking in parks and on beaches

• a ban on people under the age of 18 selling tobacco products in shops, supermarkets etc

• more powers for the Office of Tobacco Control along with the creation of a "anti-smoking czar", to coordinate anti-smoking efforts

It is understood that an objection of these actions is to "denormalise smoking".

A timetable for the introduction of the new measures has not yet been revealed.


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