12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Bill Enright, Aviva Stadium Operations Manager, said that the policy went further than the legislation on smoking that had come into effect in 2004 by including the fact that fans would not be in a position to go outside to smoke at any time during an event.
"We very much want to promote public health here at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland was one of the first countries in the world to introduce a workplace smoking ban in 2004 with tremendous success," he said.
"In general terms, a sporting fixture or concert lasts the same time as a film or a medium haul flight and whilst we understand that certain smokers may find this a challenge, we feel that it supports a safer, healthier and more enjoyable event for all."