The legislation allowing Northern Ireland to introduce a ban on smoking in enclosed public places has completed its progress through parliament and will come into effect on 30 April next year.
Northern Ireland health minister Paul Goggins said his office would work to build support for the legislation and issue guidance on good practice.
The British Medical Association Northern Ireland welcomed the announcement of a date as 'good news for all workers in Northern Ireland'. It also urged the government to increase investment in smoking-cessation programmes for those who wanted to quit.
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