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.

Smoking ban will hit Scottish workplaces by 2006

10 Nov 2004

Smoking ban will hit Scottish workplaces by 2006Smoking is to be banned in enclosed workplaces in Scotland, the Scottish Executive...

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BAT workers institute ongoing Wednesday fag break in pay dispute

4 Nov 2004

Hundreds of tobacco factory workers at British American Tobacco (BAT) have ended a 24-hour strike over pay.The walkout yesterday by...

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Ministers consider hardline approach to smoking in public spaces

3 Nov 2004

Smoking would be banned in pubs, restaurants and offices unless they met strict licensing conditions under plans reportedly being studied...

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TUC uses US survey to push for total ban on workplace smoking

22 Oct 2004

New research from the US makes the case for banning smoking in the workplace, according to the TUC.The American study,...

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Hotel chain increases non-smoking zones

21 Oct 2004

A hotel chain has announced it will ban smoking in at least three-quarters of its rooms, the first move of...

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Leaked report confirms dangers of second-hand smoke

19 Oct 2004

A leaked report to the Government confirms that second-hand smoke significantly increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease....

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Doctors condemn delay in banning smoking in public spaces

13 Oct 2004

Doctors have condemned the Government for delaying the introduction of legislation to ensure smoke free workplaces throughout the UK.

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Charter calls on employers to curb workplace asthma

2 Oct 2004

A workplace charter has been launched by the charity Asthma UK in an effort to reduce the impact of asthma among UK employees

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Anti-smoking lobby puts the pressure on

2 Oct 2004

A toolkit to help employers make workplaces smoke-free has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and anti-smoking lobby group Ash

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Chief medic wants a smoke-free NHS before the year is through

2 Sep 2004

The chief medical officer for England has called for the NHS to become completely smoke-free by the end of this...

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Life’s a drag

1 May 2004

To avoid disaster striking, ensure you have a clear policy on smoking breaks and that employees are aware of the consequences if they are not adhered to.

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Employment law clinic: Smoking breaks in the workplace

14 Oct 2003

By Katherine De Souza, partner and head of employment at Marriott Harrison

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