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Kathleen Quinlan. Director of Communications Office of Tobacco Control Ireland. Going Smoke-free: The Irish Experience. Kathleen Quinlan Director of Communications and Education. What is the smoke free workplace legislation?. Public Health (Tobacco) Acts S47 as amended by S16 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Kathleen QuinlanDirector of CommunicationsOffice of Tobacco ControlIreland

  • Going Smoke-free:The Irish ExperienceKathleen QuinlanDirector of Communicationsand Education

  • Background to Smoke Free Workplace LegislationOireachtas/Parliamentary InquiryJoint Parliamentary committee All partyComprehensive national anti-smoking strategyNon-smokers should not be the involuntary victims of ETSA prohibition on smoking is essential to protect the health of staff as well as customersReports 1999 & 2001

  • Tobacco Free Policy Review Group

    Report publishedPolicy Report adopted as Government policySeven Tier Action PlanInterim Office of Tobacco ControlPrepare legislation

    2000

  • Seven Tier Action Plan

    Better Communication and EducationMore Help for Smokers to QuitTougher Regulation of Tobacco IndustryFurther Protection from Passive Smoking (ETS)Better Compliance with the Law Extending OwnershipInternational Co-operation

  • What is the smoke free workplace legislation?Public Health (Tobacco) Acts S47 as amended by S1629 March 2004 Offence for a person to smoke in a specified place which includes a place of workOwner, manager or other person in charge each guilty of an offence where there is a contravention of lawMaximum fine 3,000 (2,000 Stg.)Defence if a person can show they made all reasonable efforts to ensure complianceLimited exemptions (based on private dwelling and outdoor areas) but duty of care and general health and safety obligations still applySection 46 provides for mandatory signage name of person in charge, name to whom complaints can be made

  • Public Information CampaignInformed public of new lawRationaleDate of implementationLo-call compliance line

  • Irish Times 29-03-05Mirror 09-08-04

    Irish Examiner 07-07-04Star 15-07-05Irish Examiner 29-03-05Meath Weekender 09-04-05Star 07-01-05Irish Times 14-07-04

  • Public Awareness and Support

    Smoke-free workplace law continues to enjoy widespread public support and high levels of compliance.Overwhelming public acceptance of the health reasons for the law.Support strong at outset and grows67% support before the law89% success after introduction (independent research June 04)82% support (Dept. of Health research July 04)Voted no. 1 high of 2004 RTE National New Years Poll

  • Overwhelming support98% believe workplaces are healthier (inc. 94% of smokers)96% think the law is a success (inc. 89% of smokers)93% think it is a good idea (inc. 80% of smokers)81% thought publicans should comply with the law including 60% of smokers

    TNS mrbi polls

  • EnforcementPublic Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002 and 2004

    The national inspection programme Environmental Health Officers of the Health Service Executive are the authorised officers Inspections carried out under a series of protocols developed by OTC

  • Compliance/Guidance

    Employers / ManagersLicensed Trade

    make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance

  • Lo call smoke free Compliance lineLo-call number

    Empower people so they have effective route through which to register their concerns/ complaints

    Aims to offer additional support to building and maintaining compliance with the legislation

    Automatic referral to enforcements officers

    Highlight problem areas

  • Compliance Data_chart

    0.940.95

    0.860.87

    2004

    2005

    National Compliance Data 2004 v 2005.

    Chart1

    145468731440012230

    14567854984315889

    Hotel

    Restaurant

    Licensed Premises

    Other

    Inspections by business type

    Chart2

    14546873144001223034957

    1456785498431588935042

    Hotel

    Restaurant

    Licensed Premises

    Other

    Total

    Inspections 2004 v 2005

    Compliance Data_Tbl

    National Compliance Data 2004

    Business TypeComplaintsInspectionsSection 47 No. CompliantSection 47 % CompliantSection 46 No. CompliantSection 46 % Compliant

    Hotel841454135993%134693%

    Restaurant536873680999%572583%

    Licensed Premises1814144001291890%1321292%

    Other479122301181797%983680%

    Total2430349573290094%3011986%

    National Compliance Data 2005

    Business TypeComplaintsInspectionsSection 47 No. CompliantSection 47 % CompliantSection 46 No. CompliantSection 46 % Compliant

    Hotel571456136394%131290%

    Restaurant497854766198%694488%

    Licensed Premises7589843860487%896591%

    Other323158891552198%1339184%

    Total1187350423314995%3061287%

    Table for Chart

    Section 47 % Smoking CompliantSection 46 % Signage Compliant

    200494%86%

    200595%87%

    20042005

    Hotel14541456

    Restaurant68737854

    Licensed Premises144009843

    Other1223015889

    Total3495735042

    HotelRestaurantLicensed PremisesOther

    2004145468731440012230

    200514567854984315889

    Sheet2

    Sheet1

    Calls_Tbl

    Apr * includes calls made between 29 March and 30 April 2004.

    2004

    Call TypeJanFebMarApr *MayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTOTAL

    Complaints0006771771652141051101711331291881

    Info Request000204265317452

    Query0004644937372323283831730

    Prank000363321510597611479

    Total Calls00015242622192671381452071841753121

    2005

    Call TypeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTOTAL

    Complaints128109159155891085543536364521078

    Info Request20011440130016

    Query393240401411761171199

    Prank6451062121032060

    Total Calls1751452042061101256751566774731353

    2006

    Call TypeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTOTAL

    Complaints89102123695158504863454752797

    Info Request12110511364227

    Query44328352956253

    Prank75322441763145

    Total Calls101113130746170605282626057922

    Table for Chart

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    20040001524262219267138145207184175

    2005175145204206110125675156677473

    2006101113130746170605282626057

    Calls_chart

    0175101

    0145113

    0204130

    152420674

    26211061

    21912570

    2676760

    1385152

    1455682

    2076762

    1847460

    1757357

    2004

    2005

    2006

    Calls to the compliance Line 2004 v 2005 v 2006.

  • Compliance very high nationally

    2004 - 35, 957 inspections 94% compliant2005 - 35,042 inspections 95% compliant

  • Compliance Data_chart

    0.940.95

    0.860.87

    2004

    2005

    National Compliance Data 2004 v 2005.

    Chart1

    145468731440012230

    14567854984315889

    Hotel

    Restaurant

    Licensed Premises

    Other

    Inspections by business type

    Chart2

    14546873144001223034957

    1456785498431588935042

    Hotel

    Restaurant

    Licensed Premises

    Other

    Total

    Inspections 2004 v 2005

    Compliance Data_Tbl

    National Compliance Data 2004

    Business TypeComplaintsInspectionsSection 47 No. CompliantSection 47 % CompliantSection 46 No. CompliantSection 46 % Compliant

    Hotel841454135993%134693%

    Restaurant536873680999%572583%

    Licensed Premises1814144001291890%1321292%

    Other479122301181797%983680%

    Total2430349573290094%3011986%

    National Compliance Data 2005

    Business TypeComplaintsInspectionsSection 47 No. CompliantSection 47 % CompliantSection 46 No. CompliantSection 46 % Compliant

    Hotel571456136394%131290%

    Restaurant497854766198%694488%

    Licensed Premises7589843860487%896591%

    Other323158891552198%1339184%

    Total1187350423314995%3061287%

    Table for Chart

    Section 47 % Smoking CompliantSection 46 % Signage Compliant

    200494%86%

    200595%87%

    20042005

    Hotel14541456

    Restaurant68737854

    Licensed Premises144009843

    Other1223015889

    Total3495735042

    HotelRestaurantLicensed PremisesOther

    2004145468731440012230

    200514567854984315889

    Sheet2

    Sheet1

    Calls_Tbl

    Mar * is for 29th, 30th and 31st ONLY

    2004

    Call TypeJanFebMar *AprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTOTAL

    Complaints00152525194161201112991751471151729

    Info Request008124235228341

    Query003350105113725295

    Prank00113133301310678929245

    Total Calls003067202381812251261151871691492110

    2005

    Call TypeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTOTAL

    Complaints132114145160101935844516477371076

    Info Request20011440130016

    Query43234210011122

    Prank7351062121031656

    Total Calls1451201521741121016446536881541170

    2006

    Call TypeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTOTAL

    Complaints91103123695260504864n/an/an/a

    Info Request121105113n/an/an/a

    Query101011000n/an/an/a

    Prank753224417n/an/an/a

    Total Calls100110128725570555074n/an/an/a

    Table for Chart

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    200400306720238181225126115187169149

    2005145120152174112101644653688154

    2006100110128725570555074000

    Calls_chart

    0145100

    0120110

    306152128

    72017472

    23811255

    18110170

    2256455

    1264650

    1155374

    187680

    169810

    149540

    2004

    2005

    2006

    Calls to the compliance Line 2004 v 2005 v 2006. * Please note that figures for March 2004 are for 29th, 30th and 31st ONLY.

  • Prosecutions 2004Enforcement critical to an effective inspection programme13 cases taken in 200412 Licensed premises1 Taxi operator3 to persons smoking In 5 cases a vigorous defence was presented in court and in each of these cases the EHO was cross-examined in detail

  • Prosecutions 2005-38 cases taken, 37 successful - 32 licensed premises - 4 taxi companies- 1 retail shop- 5 against persons smoking