A ban on smoking at work for all Nottingham City Council employees is set to be brought forward.
Staff in offices and depots are no longer permitted cigarette breaks during working hours, and smoking has been banned in all council-owned premises since the beginning of the December.
Employees who carry out their jobs outside council premises – for example, on highways, in buildings owned by other organisations and in people’s homes – were to have three months’ grace before restrictions on smoking during office hours came into effect.
But members of the executive board are set to implement the blanket ban earlier on 1 January, reports the Nottingham Evening Post.
Council spokesman Steve Dowling told the newspaper: “We have been really encouraged by support for the restrictions and feel it’s only fair the rules apply equally to all of us from the New Year.”