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Last Updated: Monday October 17 2005 15:44 GMT

NI smoking ban gets the go-ahead

Young people smoking
People won't be able to smoke in indoor public places in Northern Ireland after a decision was made to bring in a ban.

The government announced details of the ban on Monday, saying it will be introduced in April 2007. The ban will cover pubs and workplaces.

"No-one has a right to subject workmates to the dangers of second hand smoke and passive smoking," said Health Minister Shaun Woodward.

A recent survey showed 91% of people in Northern Ireland backed the ban.

A similar ban has been in place in the Republic Of Ireland since 2004. Medical researchers recently stated that it was proving successful in protecting bar workers.

Next year, people in Scotland will also be banned from smoking in public places like restaurants and bars.

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