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Explanatory Memorandum to Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

Background and Policy Objectives

3.The policy objective is to protect employees and the general public from exposure to second-hand smoke. The Order makes provision for enclosed workplaces and public places to be smoke-free. The Order will also give the Department the power to make regulations in a number of areas including specifying premises or specified areas within them that do not have to be smoke-free. It is intended that these will include premises where a person has his home or is living either permanently or temporarily.

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