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  • Policy—smoking


    1. 1

      Purpose and scope

      1. 1.1

        The Company has a duty to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of its employees at work. The Company must also take all reasonable steps to ensure that no smoking takes place in any designated smoke-free area.

      1. 1.2

        Smoking tobacco has a detrimental effect on the smoker’s health and may also affect others as a result of passive smoking. Smoking may also have a detrimental effect on the Company's business because of associated absences due to ill health. [The Company also wishes to promote a healthy and professional public image.]

      1. 1.3

        [Whilst the use of e-cigarettes, personal vaporizers and electronic nicotine delivery systems (referred to in this policy as e-cigarettes) currently falls outside the scope of smoke-free legislation, the long-term health effects of the use of these devices (vaping) are unknown. The vapour from e-cigarettes may be a source of irritation for some employees and may represent a health risk through passive consumption (as with passive smoking).[ Our customers and visitors may also confuse e-cigarettes with normal cigarettes and, if e-cigarettes are used on our premises, form the impression that the Company does not comply with the smoke-free legislation.] [As they are battery-operated, e-cigarettes may also pose a safety risk.] The Company has therefore decided that the use of e-cigarettes will be covered by this policy, as

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