Council marks 10 year Smoke-Free Anniversary

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Published: 25th April 2017

Sunday 30 April 2017 will mark the 10-year anniversary since the introduction of smoke-free legislation in the Fermanagh and Omagh district.

The legislation was introduced to Northern Ireland to protect the public and workers from the serious effects of second hand smoke. It makes it a criminal offence to smoke in enclosed and substantially enclosed workplaces and public places, public transport, and in work vehicles that are used by more than one person. Smoking is estimated to cause over 2,300 deaths in Northern Ireland each year and is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature deaths.

Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, joined with representatives from local cancer charities to mark the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of smoke-free legislation.

“The link between smoking and cancer is well proven,” said Councillor Garrity.

“As well as having a statutory duty to enforce smoke free legislation within the Council district, the Council strives to create a healthier environment for everybody, to promote physical and mental well-being.This 10-year anniversary is a significant milestone in this work. The Council’s Tobacco Control Officers undertake an active advisory and enforcement programme with regards to smoke-free legislation which, I believe, is a key contributory factor to the high levels of compliance by members of the public and employers seen in recent years,” added Councillor Garrity.

In addition to the smoke-free legislation, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Tobacco Control Officers also enforce tobacco control legislation regarding underage sales, display of tobacco and the Retailers’ Tobacco Register.

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of the smoke-free legislation in the district and to raise awareness, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is illuminating Enniskillen Castle and the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh red on Sunday 30 April 2017.

For further information on tobacco control within the district, please contact the Council’s Environmental Health Service by telephoning 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate) or Textphone 028 8225 6216.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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