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Smoking breaks banned for thousands of council employees

The council's ban extends to both conventional and electronic cigarettes. Credit: PA

Smoking breaks are to be banned for thousands of Nottinghamshire County Council employees under new rules.

The local authority said that from May, around 9,000 of its workers will be barred from smoking regular and electronic cigarettes during work time.

The ban will be enforced in all council buildings, land and vehicles, and is aimed at improving the health of employees, the council said.

The local authority also hopes the prohibition will reduce levels of sick leave, and increase the amount of time employees spend at work.

Staff will only be able to smoke during their breaks providing they are away from council property.

Joyce Bosnjak, chair of Nottinghamshire County Council's Public Health Committee, said: "The harm that tobacco causes stretches across all parts of society, and if we are to make significant progress in tackling it locally, we also need to ensure that we address it in the workplace."

We have a responsibility to protect the health of our employees. Giving up smoking is recognised by health professionals as the single biggest behaviour change a person can make to improve their health.

We are therefore offering support and advice to staff who want to quit, to help them make this positive lifestyle change.

– Joyce Bosnjak, Nottinghamshire County Council