Businesses urged to raise awareness of smoking ban
Businesses have a responsibility to ensure that all workers are aware of the imminent national smoking ban, while also ensuring that they fully comply with the new law.
According to Workplace Law, employers should make sure that there is a clear 'no smoking' policy and that staff are made aware of the areas in which they can smoke and the consequences of breaking the law.
Additionally, the site states that firms will need to close any designated smoking rooms from July 1st, remove ashtrays from the site and should consider installing smoke detectors in toilets.
In related news, recent research by Action on Smoking & Health (Ash) and the British Thoracic Society found that 78 per cent of people surveyed said that they supported smokefree legislation for pubs and bars.
The hospitality industry may benefit from the ban, as Ash reported that 25 per cent of adults would visit pubs more often once the ban comes into effect.