Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. The ban was introduced under the Public Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002 and 2004. Together with bars and restaurants the ban, which was introduced in 2004, is strictly enforced in all public buildings and offices.
Smoking bans were introduced at various times in history, including in Roman Catholic churches in Mexico in 1575, by King James I of England in 1604 and by Adolf Hitler in 1941. During the 20th century the adverse effects of smoking on health led to restrictions being introduced in public places such as restaurants. The restrictions have been gradually expanded in countries around the world.
Smoking in workplaces in Ireland was banned in the year 2004 On This Day.
SMOKING BAN IN DUBLIN