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Poll: The workplace smoking ban is five years old. Do you think it has benefited the nation's health?

A) Yes
B) No
C) Unsure

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   ·   17/02/2009 21:43


people still smoke, they just go outside to do it. its a disgusting habit.


   ·   19/02/2009 15:14

I agree puppylove, and we have to hold our breath as we pass by - not to mention getting smoke all over you.  It is a disgusting habit - but I am delighted that the workplace ban on smoking has also resulted in a lot of people I know smoking outside in their own homes as well.

So, overall I think it was a great move, no more butts in overflowing ashtrays or smelly smoke all over the office etc.  Best of all - no smoking in pubs and restaurants - what a huge difference that has made.


   ·   19/02/2009 15:24

I agree its a disgusting habit puppylove, but if those who smoke go outside I don't care, it improved my health as they are not in smoking beside me! So it has to have helped, us non smokers are no longer subject to passive smoke on a continous basis, as it was. I think the government really made a good move on this one (shame about everything else!)


   ·   19/02/2009 15:50


yes, when you pass a person u knno that they are after having a smoke, the smell of their clothes etc My hubby used to smoke - he is off them nearly 2 years. He said to me one day, 'did i smell like that?', I said yes.


   ·   19/02/2009 16:12

I am convinced that it was my being a smoker caused my stroke in 2004. I was in hospital recovering when the smoking ban came into force. I have not smoking anything since. Giving time it will stop smoking as I cannot imagine any government reversing the ban.


   ·   19/02/2009 16:39

I think the workplace smoking ban has been a great success story. It is sad to see these poor huddled together outside their premises smoking, but its better to have them there than in our faces in the workplace.

I also think that the smoking ban doesn't go far enough and ban it in the home as well. My children have suffered over the years with ear problems and still my other half will not stop smoking in the house. The Consultant lectures me on their father's smoking, but what can I do. Smokers are rather selfish people and are convinced that there is no such thing as passive smoking.


   ·   19/02/2009 16:51

I think it was a great move and has helped the country no end in regards to health and image.

I never smoked myself, and to be honest never had a problem with smokers. Now that the ban is in, I can see the benefits all round.

One negative is that I do believe that it did have an effect on pubs. It fragments crowds of people as half are outside and as a result the atmosphere (no pun) is not as good. The few extra people that come in due to the smoking ban have not overwiughed those that have left....


   ·   19/02/2009 18:05

Without a (Shadow) of doubt it has helped, except people outside smoking at buildings and Pubs were the smoke can blow back in and can be very overpowering.



   ·   19/02/2009 19:47

Still some are smoking but the ban on smoking had positive results.

big jim

   ·   20/02/2009 00:51

As I was a heavy smoker I know how both sides feel. But I also know smoking inside or outside will not help the person smoking. I believe that I have extended my life by at least TEN YEARS that I can enjoy. What are the alternatives, damaged lungs, poor breathing, and lack of energy for just the basic things that need doing around the place? So what, I have a few extra pounds of weight because I now can taste food. ENJOY LIFE A KICK THE HABBIT

Good LUCK with your effort

Slan agus Beannacht


   ·   20/02/2009 09:07

I think that a lot of publicans are jumping on the band wagon here re the implementation of the smoking ban. They need to look not just at the smoking ban but also the huge mark up that is placed on drink. Myself and my partner both smoke, and we welcomed the ban because even as a smoker, it is nicer to go outside and have your cigarette outdoors and come back in, rather than be shrouded in a cloud of smoke ALL night. We do not give the pub a miss because we have to go outside to smoke, we give the pub a miss because 2 pints will set us back over a tenner whereas we can buy 8 cans for a tenner next door. If we want to socialise, we have people over for dinner or we go out occasionally. I can hand on heart say that as a smoker, my reasons for not going to the pub have NOTHING to do with the ban, and EVERYTHING to do with the price of drink.


   ·   20/02/2009 10:35

First of all well done to your husband, puppylove in giving them up. That it has been a success is without doubt but I don't know if the ban has improved the nations health, people smoke outside or in the smoking room. smoking was never allowed in the workplace where I am now and in my previous workplace, the smoking break room was at the top of the building (sort of on the roof) so it never affected me. We're not really pub people but the two pubs I did enjoy actually had a non-smoking section, even before the ban. Oglers while I think banning it in the home is a step too far becuase 1)it makes a mockery of the law becuase you cannot police it and 2) smoking is still a legal activity now matter how much we dislike it, I do think your partner is singularly selfish in this regard. Now maybe I'm narrow minded but my own mother never smoked in my presence in the house when I was growing up. I agree with Jack tho about it fragmenting crowds in pubs but the way I look at it now, it is the smokers who choose to leave because they choose to smoke.


   ·   20/02/2009 14:01

Yes the ban is great because it is indeed unfair to people who dont smoke to have to sit in a pub full of smoke. What I dont get are the people who think it should be taken further. Banned altogether? Banned in the home? Oglers if your husband wont stop smoking in the house its a relationship and respect issue. Nothing to do with being a smoker or non-smoker. And complaining about people smoking on the street is just completely wrong. If people are throwing their cigarette butts on the ground, then fair enough but thats a littering issue. But its damn unfair to complain when you've already got the smoking out of pubs. It doesnt get on ur clothes when Ur outside...or at least if it does, it does so no more than the smell of a city or town in general.If you make a decision to give up smoking and do it I really admire you. But you have no right to tell other people not to smoke outside.

People have a right to smoke outside as they have a right to drink as they have a right to rock climb and do other activities that are dangerous to the health. These things don't directly effect other people.It seems to be a common pattern that the people making irrational suggestions are those who are ex-smokers. I think a lot of the issue is that ex-smokers are actually jealous (but obviously wont admit it to themselves perhaps partially because they can see the positive aspects of their giving up too) that they cant get their nicotine hit any more and therefore come out with irrational arugements to ban cigarettes altogether so they wont have to see that which gave them so much pleasure and without which gives them so much negativity. It shows that once a slave to cigarettes, always a slave to them. Dont start kids Wink

The Man in Bed 6

   ·   21/02/2009 02:22

The plan hasn't worked at all apart from improving the comfort zone for some non smokers. The consumption of tobacco has gone up wherever a ban has been introduced. Why do you think the Tobacco companies are staying so quite and not making any objections. Their share prices will tell you why. Banning smoking was, in my opinion, really nothing more than a bit of harmless catharsis for the Puritanical tendency in all of us. Me, I find smokers good fun socially and i hate it when they feel obliged to go outside. It really is a pity tobacco is a carcogenic. Don't tell me it's not sexy 'cos I won't believe you. But then I understand sexual activity can also be potentially carcogenic. Life really is a bitch.


   ·   23/02/2009 11:34

I have never smoked in my life (thank God) and neither has my brother. Both our parents smoked and gave it up late in life - in my mother's case caused her to suffer for the rest of her life from emphysemia.

Throughout my life I have been subjected to second hand smoke, from my first husband (who died young at the age of 36 of a pulmonary coronary caused by emphysemia - leaving me with two little girls to bring up - one of whom is a smoker to my regret), and from other people around me, including in the work place in the past and in the streets etc.

I am the first person in my family to have received a diagnosis of breast cancer - absolutely no family history, (have had the treatment and now live with the fear of a reoccurance) - possible connection to passive smoking?

I came to live in Ireland 7 years ago from South Africa, a relatively third world country, and the first thing I noticed was the huge amount of cigarette butts littering the pavements and gutters of Dublin.

Yes, this is a litter problem, but and this is a big butt (ha, ha) - have you ever noticed how so many smokers are inconsiderate with their habit? They wouldn't throw their lunch wrapper on the street but see nothing wrong with leaving smoking butts on the ground or even not properly stubbed out in the bin provided, causing a terrible stink for those around them. Try standing at a bus stop without being covered in cigarette smoke, move a bit away and the next thing there is another person smoking next to you.

I try very hard to avoid cigarette smoke, but I estimate I smoke at least one cigarette a day thanks to people smoking as they walk in the street, the congregations outside doorways (which we do have to pass through to get out of our offices), not to mention the congregations outside of other establishments - where the cigarette ashtrays provided are often ignored and the floor is used again! Which one of us hasn't had ash flicked on our clothes or nearly or actually been burnt by a passing smoker and yes, us non-smokers do notice when we get home and our hair smells of smoke (waiting at the bus stop)! Talking about buses - what about those folk who feel it is ok to ignore the no smoking signs and puff away at their fags on the bus?

Drinking alcohol in the street isn't actually legal, pavement cafe's are a different story. I fully acknowledge that drinking alcohol in excess or whilst driving etc., is far worse than smoking and is also the cause of family, social and work problems as well as loss of life. A combination of the two is even more lethal.

I feel sorry for smokers, it is an addiction and a hard one to break, but that does not mean that the non-smokers should have to join in passively.

The Government should provide smokers with free support in terms of nicotine patches and chewing gum and support groups, all which are available on the National Health Scheme in UK. However they won't will they - what a loss of very lucrative tax revenue (look at the cigarette smuggling that goes on here and the efforts made to catch people bringing in an extra carton or two for own use from their holidays). Same applies to alcohol, will never be restricted for the same reason.

The cost of smoking related diseases and alcohol related diseases and social problems are a huge cost to the State and thus to the taxpayer, so perhaps that is why the revenue is so high on cigs and booze!!!

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