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.


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The number of people dying of heart and circulatory diseases before the age of 75 has risen for the first...

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A former tobacco salesman with inoperable lung cancer is seeking compensation from his former employer after he was given hundreds...

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Young workers with long-term health conditions in the UK are being offered less support than they would receive from healthcare...

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

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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?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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

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