Anti-Smoking

Rationale

Smoking remains the biggest single cause of preventable illness and is responsible for 20-25% of all deaths in Scotland.

Stirling Council has approved a Tobacco policy on 7th June for implementation on 1st November 04 to protect the health and safety of all employees, smokers and non-smokers.  The policy promotes a smoke free environment and provides smoking cessation support.  The Tobacco policy will mean that for staff in Balfron High School there will be a total ban on smoking indoors and at entrances or exits or where the smoke could cause a nuisance to others.

Smoking amongst young people at Balfron High School continues to cause concern both for their own health and the health of others.  However it is recognised that smoking is an addiction and unfortunately there is no simple switch to turn a smoker into a non-smoker

Aims

  • To have a smoke free Balfron  Campus (including the grounds)
  • To have smoke free buses
  • To raise awareness amongst young people of the hazards of smoking
  • To inform parents if their child is found smoking
  • To promote advise and support on smoking cessation to reduce the number of young people smoking

Practice

  • Continue to have information about smoking tobacco as part of the PSE  (Personal and Social Education programme).
  • Take part in programmes on smoking cessation organised jointly with Primary Health Care
  • Have regular supervision of the campus and on buses to ensure that the campus remains a smoke free area
  • Inform parents by letter if a young person is caught smoking and take disciplinary action with parental agreement
  • Encourage all young people found to be smoking to join a smoking cessation programme and to seek support from “The Living Room” (the drop in centre run by 5th and 6th year students)
  • Undertake a study in the school on the number of young people smoking with proposals for reducing their number within an agreed period of time.

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Stirling Council’s Tobacco Policy
Guidelines for Managers

The Council approved the policy on 7th June 2004.
Implementation date 1st November 2004.

Smoking remains the biggest single cause of preventable illness and is responsible for 20-25% of all deaths in Scotland.  The Council seeks to protect the health and safety of all our employees, smokers and non smokers and has decided to implement a policy in this area.

Main elements of the policy;

  • Promotes a smoke free environment and provides smoking cessation support.  This means a total ban on smoking indoors in all Council owned and managed properties, including employee workstations, workshops, depots, meeting/training rooms, toilets, lifts, stairs, corridors, canteens, rest areas etc.
  • Smoking will also not be permitted at entrances or exits to Council premises or where the smoke would cause a nuisance to others.
  • Residential Care Facilities – this is the only exception and smoking may be permitted in designated well ventilated rooms that do not create environmental smoke exposure to others within these facilities.  However, Residents only may use this facility, employees may not.
  • No smoking also applies to Council vehicles or a shared vehicle on Council business.  This includes a private car used on Council business, when the journey is being shared by employees.

How will this affect employees, who up until now, have smoked at work?

  • Smoking can only occur outside, away from entrances and exits to Council Buildings and outside of Council vehicles.   Location is also a consideration – in a place where the smoke will not cause a nuisance to anyone else i.e. smokers should consider where their smoke might blow in the wind – open windows.

For example, in Viewforth, no smoking at entrances or exits, however suitable locations may include, ground area near to the top of the Linden Avenue path or ground area at the side of Old Viewforth.  It is intended to identify these positions with litter bins.

Smokers will find this change difficult.

  • Employees, who have smoked up until now, will find this change particularly difficult and it would be worth while as manager, to discuss the practical application of this policy with your team, and especially with those who smoke.  If you need support with this discussion, or considering solutions, contact your HR team.

Considerations

  • It needs to be recognised by all that smoking is an addiction and unfortunately there is no simple switch to turn a smoker into a non-smoker.
  • Smokers tend to be aware of the health hazards associated with smoking and the Council will seek to reinforce this with health promotion displays during the implementation phase of this policy.
  • The Council recognises this addiction and is committed to providing cessation support for those employees who would wish to use this imposed ban on smoking as a push to them trying to give up.  However there will be smokers who will wish to continue to smoke.
  • The Council’s Management Team has approved the provision of in-house cessation support and the arrangements for this will be publicised in due course.  Employees who use this support in giving up smoking are to be provided time off work to attend these sessions.
  • During the implementation period of this policy, registration for support to give up smoking should be directed to; Kristine Johnson, Planning & Resources Manager, Environment Services, or employees may seek support from their own Doctor.

How is the Policy enforced?

  • All employees are responsible to ensure this policy is complied with.  Communication has been wide – Core Brief, Payroll message, Intranet, Update.  Notices have been prepared for display and issuing to users of Council premises.  The policy will be communicated in any Council contract specifications.
  • In the initial stages, from 1 November 2004 to January 2005, it may be that some employees require informal reminders of the Policy and how to comply with it and Managers will be responsible to monitor this and hold discussion with employees when necessary.  Remember there is the ability to consider informal disciplinary action under the Council’s Disciplinary Procedure.
  • Thereafter any non-compliance with the policy by employees would require formal investigation and dealt with under the Council’s Disciplinary Policy.
  • Any employee who may be required to remind users of Council Buildings, in the course of their duties, that smoking is not permitted should take particular care.   They should always consider their own health and safety, particularly at functions where alcohol is being consumed.  Any concerns or issues should be raised with their manager at the next possible opportunity.
  • At any stage, support in implementing this policy will be available from HR teams across the Council.

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