Statement On Enforcement Of Smoke-Free Legislation
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has confirmed that the smoke-free legislation will be fully enforced from 6am Monday 30 April 2007.
Chief Environmental Officer, Nigel McMahon said, "Environmental Health Officers and other authorised officers across all district council areas will be out on the ground from Monday 30 April 2007 to enforce the smoke-free legislation.
"In the main, Environmental Health Officers will be carrying out this role as part of their routine work and enforcement action will be taken where it is warranted.
"In addition, the Department has agreed to provide funding to supplement enforcement. This is particularly in respect of premises that council officers would not normally visit for other reasons and for work outside of normal hours."
Smoke Free Environments Team Manager, Roisin McDaid added, "A team of 11 Smoke-free Environments Officers have been working with businesses since November last year, with the specific remit of raising awareness and providing advice in the lead up to the legislation. There has also been a major public awareness campaign."
"Understanding and support for the legislation is high. We are hopeful that this high level of public support will translate into an extremely high level of compliance."