The smoking ban came into effect in Ireland on 29 March 2004 under the Public Health Act 2004.
The move to an 'all out ban' came gradually following years of debate between the pro and anti-smoking lobbies. Restrictions on advertising came into effect under Minister for Health Charles Haughey in 1979. Smoking was then banned on buses and in public buildings in 1988. Finally the broader ban on smoking in the work place was introduced in 2004 covering public buildings, hospitals, shops, pubs, restaurants, and anywhere people worked.
The ban on smoking has extended beyond the act itself with degrees of prohibition introduced in terms of where tobacco products may be purchased and how retailers display their products.
Since the ban was introduced alternatives to traditional tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes or vaporisers, have emerged on the market presenting further challenges to legislators with regard to prohibition and control.
Presented here is the story of the smoking ban, how it came about, the reaction to it, and the alternatives that have emerged for smokers.
Public perceptions of smoking in light of a new report linking smoking and cancer.
A comedy sketch about a man and his smoking habits.
The Health Education Bureau releases findings of research into smoking as part of a broader anti-smoking campaign.
As the Minister for Health announces new anti-smoking legislation some of the journalists at the press conference are smoking.
Dublin bus commuters talk about the newly introduced smoking ban on buses.
A new approach to quitting smoking known as 'Smokeless' guarantees that you will quit within 5 days. This comes at a cost of £165.
Audience and panel discussion on the question 'Is it time to ban smoking in pubs?'
The "deadly, dangerous and murky" world of cigarette smuggling is investigated in this episode of 'Prime Time'.
Those opposed to new legislation banning smoking in pubs and restaurants voice their opinions.
The first day for the first country in Europe to introduce a smoking ban in the workplace, pubs and restaurants.
Having a cigarette with your pint inside a pub is no longer possible. A look at reaction to the smoking ban on the first day of enforcement.
As Ireland leads the way, being the first European country to introduce the smoking ban in the workplace, other countries look on as their governments plan to follow the Irish example.
The impact of the smoking ban 5 years following its introduction in Ireland.
Lack of regulation means electronic cigarettes are not categorised as a nicotine product.
Irish Rail have banned the use of electronic cigarettes on trains.
Ten years later a look back at opposition to the smoking ban and its introduction.