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24th Apr 2018

Looks Like The Days Of Smoking In Outdoor Dining Areas Are Coming To An End


Those who enjoy a smoke while dining al fresco could soon be denied the pleasure. 

This is because the smoking ban could be extended to outside dining areas, as proposed by a private members motion in the Dáil. 

Health Minister Simon Harris will seek Cabinet approval to accept the proposal next Tuesday.

According to the Irish Times, the motion was brought forward by Fine Gael senators and led by Former Health Minister Senator James Reilly who said it should be no longer acceptable for people to smoke where others are eating. 

An unintended consequence of the smoking ban saw an increase of smokers in the outdoor dining areas of cafés, bars and restaurant, Reilly said.

The ban is already in place in workplaces, restaurants, schools, bars and cafés and was recently introduced in cars when young children are present.

Currently, the government is aiming to be tobacco free by 2025.

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