13 years ago, Ireland’s Health Minister, Micheál Martin implemented a law requiring smoke free workplaces. It was the first law of its kind in Europe, following decades of anti-smoking campaigning.
A 2013 study showed that more than 3,700 deaths have been prevented in Ireland because people are less exposed to second-hand smoke. The study highlighted that mortality decreases were primarily due to reductions in passive smoking, rather than a reduction in active smoking.
It also showed a 26pc reduction in heart disease, a 32pc fall in strokes and a 38pc drop in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease mortality.
Hear how Micheál Martin led the implementation of the smoking ban and join us to discover how this could inspire Leeds to take action against smoking in public places.
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