Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson hosted a public meeting in Derry on Friday to discuss the possibility of a smoke-free society.
The event, which was held in the Sinn Féin constituency office at Rath Mór, involved a discussion featuring a panel of experts from cancer charities and health agencies.
It began with an introduction by Foyle MLA and chair of the Assembly’s health committee, Maeve McLaughlin, which was followed by a presentation by Ms Anderson on her work on the Tobacco Products Directive at the European Parliament.
The legislation aims to limit the availability of tobacco and introduce tighter controls on the industry. It is one of the largest pieces of work to go through the European Parliament in several years.
Gerry Bleakney from the Public Health Agency then gave a briefing on tobacco control, including the proposal to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.
Gerry McElwee from Cancer Focus outlined the impact of smoking on health.
Emma Calvert. Ms Anderson’s advisor in Brussels also spoke on the practical implications of the EU legislation to restrict tobacco.
This was followed by a question and answer session on the issues raised.