Majority want workplace smoking ban

More
than 80 per cent of UK employees want a ban on smoking in their workplace,
according to new research.

The
survey, from payroll recruitment firm Portfolio Payroll, also reveals that the
average smoker takes four more sick days than the average non-smoker.

The
company surveyed more than 3,300 staff from a range of firms across the UK.
Other findings show that 87 per cent of employees think there should be a
designated smoking area.

Danny
Done, managing director of Portfolio Payroll, said: "Many employees are
suffering in silence while their health is placed at risk because they are
unwilling to kick up a fuss among fellow employees.

"A
legally binding code of practice will protect the rights of non-smokers and
smokers alike, and will end the uncertainty about where employers stand."

By Mike Berry

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