According to two key pieces of research staff in pubs and clubs in the Republic have shown signs of improved health since it came in 18 months ago. “…concentrations of cotinine – an indicator of exposure to nicotine found in saliva – fell more dramatically among bar workers in the Republic (80pc) compared with those in the North (20pc)”. It’s not known what factors account for the smaller drop in Northern smokers, but a total ban is due to launch here in 2006.
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