Ierse anti-rookwet actief per 26-01-2004

Dankzij zijn halstarrige koppigheid en doofheid voor alle vormen van kritiek is de Ierse minister voor volksgezondheid er in geslaagd zijn plannen voor een rookvrije horeca er definitief door te drukken.


Vanaf 26 januari 2004 zullen alle werkplekken in Ierland rookvrij zijn, met uitzonderingen van werkplekken in privé huizen (verzorging, e.d.) en in gevangenissen.


Ierland wordt hiermee het meest extreme anti-rokenland van Europa. Nergens zijn de geloofsstellingen van de anti-roken pressiegroepen op ons continent zo rigoureus ingevoerd als in Ierland.


De rechtvaardiging voor de ingrijpende maatregelen in de Ierse samenleving volgt het standaard plaatje van onbewezen uitspraken en hele en/of halve leugens zoals we dat uit de anti-rokenbeweging kennen:


New regulations on smoking in the workplace


23 October 2003

The Minister for Health and Children today published the Tobacco Smoking (Prohibition) Regulations 2003. The regulations have been made under the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2002.

The key points of the regulations are as follows:



  • Smoke-free workplaces will be operative from January 26th 2004, almost one year after the initial announcement of the measure.
  • The Smoke-free regulations will apply to all enclosed places of work other than a private dwelling. An amendment to the regulation is being notified to the EU to confirm this.


The Minister said “The primary purpose in introducing this important new health measure is to allow people to work and socialise in clean healthy smoke free environments. No one can be in any doubt that exposure to and inhalation of environmental tobacco smoke is a cause of cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease. The Expert evidence on the health effects of environmental tobacco smoke in the workplace is clear:



  • Where workplace smoking is permitted the risk of heart disease and cancer is far greater to the employee.
  • Current ventilation technology is ineffective at removing the risk to health.
  • Legislative measures are required.”

Given the unique circumstances pertaining to prisons and places of detention, consultation is ongoing between the relevant agencies with a view to devising a separate measure to reflect these circumstances. A similar provision already exists under the Health and Safety Act 1989 (Section 57), which applies specifically to prisons and places of detention.


A National Implementation Committee has been established involving the Office of Tobacco Control, the Health and Safety Authority, the Environmental Health Officers, Health Board representatives and the Department of Health and Children. This Committee will provide assistance on the implementation of the regulations. Guidance for implementation will be published in November. Public Information campaigns will be carried out in advance of 26 January 2004 to assist, employers, employees and the public in preparation for this new health initiative.


We wensen met name de horeca in Ierland de komende tijd veel sterkte toe. Wij zijn er van overtuigd dat zij de strijd, ook na invoering van deze belachelijke wet, niet zullen opgeven. Ook in New York blijven de bar- en restauranteigenaren nog steeds strijden, ondanks dat hun inkomsten onder hun vingers wegglippen..

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  • "Es ist schwieriger, eine vorgefaßte Meinung zu zertrümmern als ein Atom."
    (Het is moeilijker een vooroordeel aan flarden te schieten dan een atoom.)
    Albert Einstein

  • "Als je alles zou laten dat slecht is voor je gezondheid, dan ging je kapot"
    Anonieme arts

  • "The effects of other people smoking in my presence is so small it doesn't worry me."
    Sir Richard Doll, 2001

  • "Een leugen wordt de waarheid als hij maar vaak genoeg wordt herhaald"
    Joseph Goebbels, Minister van Propaganda, Nazi Duitsland


  • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • "There''s no such thing as perfect air. If there was, God wouldn''t have put bristles in our noses"
    Coun. Bill Clement

  • "Better a smoking freedom than a non-smoking tyranny"
    Antonio Martino, Italiaanse Minister van Defensie

  • "If smoking cigars is not permitted in heaven, I won't go."
    Mark Twain

  • I've alllllllways said that asking smokers "do you want to quit?" and reporting the results of that question, as is, is horribly misleading. It's a TWO part question. After asking if one wants to quit it must be followed up with "Why?" Ask why and the majority of the answers will be "because I'm supposed to" (victims of guilt and propaganda), not "because I want to."
    Audrey Silk, NYCCLASH