Dáil Éireann - Volume 441 - 14 April, 1994
Written Answers - Passive Smoking Health Implications.
Mr. Barry Mr. Barry
31. Mr. Barry asked the Minister for Health if any studies have been conducted in Ireland to ascertain the damage to health through passive smoking; the plans, if any, he has in relation to passive smoking in all public offices and places; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Health (Mr. Howlin) Brendan Howlin
Minister for Health (Mr. Howlin): While no specific studies have been conducted in Ireland on the subject there is now widespread international agreement on the links between passive smoking and ill-health.
The Tobacco (Health Promotion and Protection) Regulations, 1990, prohibit smoking in designated areas and facilities, including certain offices occupied by Government Departments and semi-State bodies.
My predecessor introduced a “voluntary code of practice” on smoking in the workplace in 1992, following recommendations from the Consultative Committee on Smoking in the Workplace. This was subsequently circulated to  employers, including Government Departments, in the form of a booklet called Clean Air at Work.
I recently accepted the recommendations of the reconvened Consultative Committee on Smoking in the Workplace, that the voluntary code should be redrafted and promoted more comprehensively. I will be announcing measures in this regard in due course.
Dáil Éireann 441 Written Answers Passive Smoking Health Implications.