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Workplace Smoking Ban

Please note that this law only affects the Republic of Ireland: Northern Ireland (i.e. counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone) is excluded.

From March 29th 2004, smoking is not permitted in any indoor workplaces, as announced by then-Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheal Martin on 30 January 2003.

The advice from the recent ‘Report on the Health Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (Passive Smoking) in the Workplace ‘, commissioned by the Office of Tobacco Control and the Health and Safety Authority, is that exposure to the hazards of tobacco smoke can best be controlled by legislation in places of work.


The following places of work are exempt from prohibition:

  • Prisons
  • St. Patrick’s Institution
  • Garda Station detention areas
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospices
  • Religious order homes
  • Central Mental Hospital
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Residential areas within third level education insti tutions
  • Hotel, guesthouse and B&B bedrooms

For more information see the website of the Office of Tobacco Control.

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