June 23, 2021

Chief medical officer calls for a ban on workplace smoking

first_imgChief medical officer calls for a ban on workplace smokingOn 1 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Smoking should be banned in workplaces and other public places, according tothe Chief Medical Officer for England, Sir Liam Donaldson. Donaldson, in his annual report On the State of Public Health, said clearingworkplaces and public areas of cigarette smoke would be the “final brickin the wall” of the Government’s measures to combat smoking. “It has been estimated that3 million people in this country becomepassive smokers when they go to work. Particularly vulnerable are bar workers,waiters and waitresses. Comprehensive workplace smoking bans would protectthese workers,” he said. Up to now, the Government has shied away from an all-out smoking ban, partlyas a result of pressure from the pub and hospitality trade. It has rejected advice from the Health and Safety Commission for a legallybinding code to force employers to ban smoking or take stringent measures toprotect staff from other people’s smoke, preferring a voluntary code instead. Donaldson’s comments, while not binding on the Government, will add to thepressure on ministers to agree to a ban. “Moves to make public places and workplaces smoke-free would create aclimate in which ‘no smoking’ is the social norm. It would also help smokers togive up, remove the risks of passive smoking for millions of people, and wouldreduce the risks of fire and cut the costs of cleaning,” he added. Deborah Arnott, director of the anti-tobacco campaigning group ASH,estimated that 80 per cent of people in the UK supported smoke-free publicplaces. “While more enlightened employers have taken steps to limit workers’exposure to tobacco smoke, there are still some 3 million people in the UK whoare forced to breathe in other people’s smoke,” she said. www.doh.gov.uk/cmo/annualreport2002last_img

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