Nottinghamshire County Council says its decision to ban staff from taking smoking breaks has been made so it can protect their health.
In a statement, Deputy Director of Public Health John Tomlinson says that the Council has signed the Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Tobacco Declaration which mean it must take action against tobacco to improve the health of staff.
Mr Tomlinson says the Council wants to encourage Nicotine Replacement Therapy at work and feels encouraging staff to give up smoking would make them better role models for their children.
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.]
We want to support staff by encouraging them to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy at work. The cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy is cheaper than cigarettes so we are not asking staff to spend more money than usual.
National research suggests that staff who smoke take more time off work to have breaks and have more sick leave through respiratory problems.
Another reason for encouraging staff to give up smoking is that they become better role models for their children and the children are less likely to start smoking in the first place if their parents are non-smokers.
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