17 Landmark Smoking Bans That Cleared the Air

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On March 29, 2004, Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce comprehensive legislation that banned smoking in the workplace, including in all bars and restaurants. In advance of the bill, pub owners and citizens spoke out, claiming the ban would “sound the death knell for the Irish pub.”

Despite resistance, the measure had its intended effect: One year later, it was reported that 7,000 people had given up smoking, and researchers found a 17% drop in respiratory issues. Recent research indicates the ban saved an estimated 3,700 lives.

“I didn’t anticipate the world focus on it,” Ireland’s former health minister told the Independent Read more…

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