Smoking ban in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 01 May 2007 14.20
Smoking ban - Starts in NI
Smoking ban - Starts in NI

A smoking ban in enclosed public places has come into effect in Northern Ireland.

It comes three years after the ban was introduced in the Republic.

Individuals will be fined £50 for smoking in a public place, while businesses could be fined up to £2,500 for failing to enforce the ban.

The law will be enforced by local government environmental health officers.

The smoking ban is due to be extended to England on 1 July.