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Smoking policies in the workplace - should public bars be included in the ban?

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Smoking policies in the workplace - should public bars be included in the ban? Introduction I chose to research the planned smoking ban in Ireland in order to find out what other people think of the proposition. If the new legislation about smoking in workplaces goes ahead the ban will extend to licensed bars and clubs, and therefore have a huge effect on the public of Ireland. I am hoping to find out how the public feel about this and discover whether or not they are backing the ban or not. I have chosen this as I also feel it will be an interesting area of discussion as so many people will be affected by the legislation. I also think that society has a right to find out more about the legislation and discover what their peers feel about the ban. The proposed ban is causing major controversy across Ireland as many different views are being taken where the ban is concerned. The ban has even led to a leading bookmaker in Ireland, Boylesports Bookmaker, placing odds of 6-1 that the prohibition will go ahead as planned in January. They also announced they believed the chances of the measure being stopped as 10-1 against, with a 3-1 chance of a compromise. This shows how much the proposed ban has affected the people in Ireland. It has become a major part of debate and although Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said the ban will go ahead in January, as planned, many people are hoping this is not the case. In order for me to study this question thoroughly I intend on looking up books in the library on the subject of smoking in the workplace. I will also use the internet as a research resource. My third source of research will be the public. I hope to ask their opinion via a focus group and a small selection of interviews. ...read more.

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Smoking Policies Institute of Personnel and Development Robson C (2002) Real world Research Blackwell publishing (2003) Smoking related Behaviour and Attitudes, 2002 Office for National Statistics (1998) Smoking Kills. A white paper on Tobacco The Stationary Office Glantz S & Fichtenberg C Effect of smoke-free workplaces on smoking behaviour: systematic review BMJ 2002 http://www.healthpromotionagency.org.uk http://www.doh.gov.uk/tobacco http://www.forestonline.org http://www.ash.org.uk http://news.bbc.co.uk http:// www.irishnews.com Appendix Appendix 1 12 South Close Holywood Co. Down BT18 9PH Dear Sirs, I am writing to request your time for a short interview in relation to a university project I am carrying out. I am currently in Jordanstown studying Social Policy. The assignment I have undertaken is in relation to the proposed smoking ban in Ireland. I would appreciate your time if you can help me. The interview will be totally confidential and between only myself and my professor. If you do wish to ask any questions you can contact me or my professor at any time. Her name is Bernie Magill and she can be found in room 3ao7 at Jordanstown. You should also be aware you can stop the interview at anytime you wish and are under no obligation to answer the questions. The interview will also be recorded, but only for me to listen to in order to assess all answers, for my project. I look forward to your reply C McMillan McMillan-ca@ulst.ac.uk Appendix 2 12 South Close Holywood Co. Down BT18 9PH Dear Sirs, I am writing to request your time to participate in a small focus group in relation to a university project I am carrying out. I am currently in Jordanstown studying Social Policy. The assignment I have undertaken is in relation to the proposed smoking ban in Ireland. I would appreciate your time if you can help me. The focus group will be totally confidential and between only myself and my professor. If you do wish to ask any questions you can contact me or my professor at any time. ...read more.

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11. Do you have any more opinions on the matter? Appendix 7 You should no that at any time this interview can be stopped. I am only taping it for my own personal research, and your privacy will be upheld at all times. Ready? Yes! Are you a smoker? No Are you an ex-smoker? Nope Are you a smoker who wants to quit? No Is smoking permitted in your work? Yeah, but only in the restbite, that's our canteen. Do you feel the current arrangements, whatever they may be, are okay? Yeh, they seem fine to me. Never really thought bout it before though If your company implicated a total ban how would you feel? It wouldn't bother me, but they did a survey a while back and the results wanted a smoking bit so they just got a new vent and blocked a smoking section off. Do you attend clubs or bars on a regular occasion? Ehm...about once or twice a week..depends, yeh I suppose. When in a public bar how do you tend to feel about the smoke environment? I never really think about it. [pause] I suppose small areas can be annoyingly clogged up, but I never moan about it, it just seems natural to be there, like normal... Do you feel a UK ban, similar to that commencing in Ireland, would change how many times you went into public bars? Ehm [pause] nah not really. I doesn't bother me so there is no reason it should change anything Do you feel the ban commencing January 2004 in Ireland is a fair policy? [pause] I kinda think it seems a bit to..um.. strict. Don't seem fair to the smokers. I can see where they are coming from but I dunno if I would agree. [pause] I suppose I wouldn't stink after being in the pub tho! Smoke gets all in your hair and clothes...I hate that Do you have any more opinions on the matter? Not really, it doesn't seem to effect me too much. Thank you for your time. It is very much appreciated ...read more.

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