Sinn Féin MLA and Chairperson of the Health Committee Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the news that smoking is to be banned from all hospitals and health facilities across the North.
“Smoking is responsible for many illnesses including cancer and heart disease so anything that is done to encourage people to stop has to be welcomed.
“The news announced today on No Smoking Day is welcome news for people attending medical facilities across the North in that they will no longer be exposed to passive smoking.
“I would appeal to smokers to adhere to the ban and work with the staff to ensure a smoke free environment for patients, staff and visitors alike.
“I would also urge people to use No Smoking Day in order to quit the habit to improve their health and lessen the risk of a premature death.”