Call for outright ban on smoking

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has stepped up its campaign
for an outright ban on smoking in all workplaces, including pubs and
restaurants.

The institute cited research by Maurice Mulcahy, an environmental health officer
from Ireland, showing passive smoking posed a greater risk than previously
thought and pub workers were subjected to excessive amounts of carbon monoxide
and environmental tobacco smoke.

During the summer, the Government, after pressure from pubs and restaurants,
rejected advice from the Health and Safety Commission for a code to force
employers either to ban smoking or take stringent measures to protect staff
from others’ smoke.

In September, the CIEH urged the Government to review its smoking policy and
implement an outright ban.

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