Council bans smoking for workers
If you work for Nottinghamshire County Council and you smoke, there's some bad news for you - they want to ban smoking breaks for everyone, and that's including e-cigs as well as trad. arr. cigarettes. This is all thanks to new health proposals.
Seeing as they're so concerned about the health of staff, are they going to get rid of all the vending machines that sell crisps and chocolate, and advise staff that they shouldn't drink booze on work's parties?
Anyway, the council said the ban extends to all council buildings, land and vehicles, as they try to 'boost' the health of their workers' health. If they break these rules, staff will face internal disciplinary action. Will they punish them for not being healthy enough and make them go for a run for their penance?
The council’s deputy director of public health John Tomlinson said: "We are trying to be a supportive employer and have a duty of care to protect the health of our employees as part of a wider remit to take a leading role in promoting better health in Nottinghamshire."
The proposal would see smoking permitted on staff lunch breaks, but not if they're in uniform or anywhere near council property. Good luck enforcing that.