Council’s new smoking rules

The Government says about 200 children a week visit GPs because of the effect of secondhand smoke in cars.

The Government says about 200 children a week visit GPs because of the effect of secondhand smoke in cars.

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Staff at Gedling Borough Council will not be given smoking breaks and be told to cover their uniform when lighting up.

Councillors are expected to revise the authority’s smoking policy at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

The Joint Consultative and Safety Committee will be held at 5.30pm at the Civic Centre in Arnold.

A report states: “Employees may smoke before or after work and during their official meal break, but not on the council’s premises or in vehicles as defined in the policy.

“It is acceptable for employees to have a maximum of two short breaks, totalling no more than 20 minutes, in their working day.

“Whilst at work, and so far as is reasonably practicable, employees who smoke in accordance with this policy should do so with their Gedling Borough Council uniform covered as not doing so may create a negative impression of the council when viewed by the public.”

A similar policy is already in place at the council but is not enforced. The new policy will tackle this.