Smoking in the workplace

In the UK, smoke-free legislation provides that most workplaces must be smoke free.

Employers should review their policies and practices on a regular basis, to ensure that they are complying with the legislation, including for example in relation to their vehicles and employees who work remotely.


Just one in 10 will smoke in 2023, predicts PHE

Public Health England (PHE) has estimated that only one in 10 people will smoke in five years’ time, as the...

Toolkit helps employers tackle alcohol, tobacco and drug misuse

25 May 2018

Business in the Community (BITC) and Public Health England have published a toolkit to help employers support their staff in...

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Should employers give more holiday to non-smokers?

23 Nov 2017

A Japanese-based firm recently granted its non-smoking employees additional holiday. Should UK employers follow suit by considering introducing such a...

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Public Health England campaign aims to boost employee health in small businesses

2 Nov 2017

Public Health England (PHE) has launched an initiative to support small businesses to improve work health.
It has linked up...

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Workplace health promotion

Does workplace health promotion work? A review of the evidence

2 Nov 2017

Questions raised about the quality of studies reporting return on investment from workplace health promotion initiatives make it worth examining...

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Workplace smoking ban 10 years on: Common employer queries

4 Jul 2017

On 1 July 2007, England introduced a ban on smoking in enclosed public places, including most workplaces. Ten years on,...

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E-cigarettes in the workplace: an employer’s guide to vaping

30 May 2017

In July 2007, England introduced its smoking ban, following the rest of the UK in banning the use of cigarettes...

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Workplace wellbeing strategies linked to HR goals are on the rise

3 Mar 2017

Higher numbers of employers have adopted workplace wellbeing strategies in the past year than in previous years and they are...

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Employment law changes October 2015: a six-point checklist

30 Sep 2015

Every October brings new employment law changes, and 2015 is certainly no different. While the Government’s proposals to toughen the...

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HR questions in february were dominated by issues around e-cigarettes

Top 10 HR questions in February 2015: E-cigarettes

3 Mar 2015

E-cigarettes and smoking policies were on employers’ minds last month, with the first tribunal decision involving disciplinary action for using...

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Vaping e-cigarettes in the workplace is not the same as smoking. Photo: Sarah Alcalay/SIPA/REX

E-cigarettes in the workplace: first vaping tribunal decision is a warning for employers

11 Feb 2015

E-cigarettes in the workplace pose a difficult question for employers...

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electronic-cigarette

E-cigarettes at work: what do the experts say?

27 Nov 2014

Should employers allow the use of electronic cigarettes at work? Deborah Arnott, chief executive of public health charity Action on...

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Man smoking an e-cigarette

Managing the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace

27 Jun 2014

The increasing use of e-cigarettes, which are not covered by the same legislation as tobacco products, means employers may have...

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Woman using an e-cigarette

Legal Q&A: E-cigarettes in the workplace

11 Feb 2014

Victoria Clark, associate at Clarion, answers employers’ questions on how to deal with the use of electronic cigarettes in the...

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Benefits Overhaul 2012: Part 7 – Healthy staff, healthy business

8 Oct 2012

Should employers support employee health beyond simply managing absence? Welfare reform and the sickness absence review have placed employers right...

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