Paid smoking breaks banned16th November 2006
Council workers are to be banned from taking paid smoking breaks, as part of efforts to help smokers kick their habit.
West Lancashire District Council has agreed a complete ban on smoking in its buildings and outside council premises.
Under the new rules, workers would face disciplinary action and could even lose their jobs if they break the ban, set to be introduced in March next year.
Smokers will only be allowed to smoke in their lunchbreaks, as long as it takes place off council premises. But workers would be unable to smoke during other shorter breaks.
The ban includes all council-owned premises, including council-owned cars and communal areas of sheltered housing. Help will be offered to those who want to give up.
The smokers' rights group Forest has condemned the decision.
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Title: Paid smoking breaks banned
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 1142
Date Added: 16th Nov 2006