Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I am very pleased to see the European Parliament pass these new regulations. I hope the discussions with the EU’s member states will be completed quickly to ensure these regulations are implemented as soon as possible.
“Smoking is not only bad for people’s health but is also a major drain on our hospitals. We must do all that is possible to deter people from taking up smoking.
“The smoking ban that has been in place in Northern Ireland for a number of years has shown the benefits of implementing radical policies to tackle this problem.”