Employers need clear smoking policies

by Gemma Roskell

Businesses must establish clear staff policies on smoking so that smokers know where they stand in the workplace.

This is the advice of Ben Willmott, senor public policy advisor at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, who said staff need to be fully informed of their rights and responsibilities in this area.

His comments come after the BBC reported that Breckland Council in Norfolk had introduced new rules on smoking which could require staff to clock off when they go for a cigarette.

Mr Willmott said this approach has been trialled before by Nottingham City Council and was found not to be very effective.

However, he was quick to point out that individual employers have the right to introduce their own rules, provided they consult with staff.

"The important thing is to have a clear policy, ensure that new recruits understand the organisation's stance on smoking so that there is a very clear understanding of their position on the issue of smoking and work," he remarked.

Mr Willmott also said that employers should provide support to help employees quit smoking should they wish to.

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Published on: September 29, 2010

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