Sunday, 6 May 2007

Would you allow your workers to attend stop-smoking clinics during working hours without loss of pay?

NICE has issued this advice to firms ahead of the smoking ban in England

Hi Will,
Again, it’s a symptom of this society – rewarding people with time off for bad behaviour (in this case having a bad habit). I have known a couple of my friends to give up smoking just like that, after smoking for years, and taking a hard two weeks to get through the craving, but after that, not smoking again.
Why can’t people just take responsibility for their own actions? There are some things we are not allowed to do in certain places – deal with it. Just wait until you have a lunch break or do it when you finish work. You are not going to die without a cigarette (but you might with one).
Thanks, Angela Walker, Marketing & Sales Manager, Skynet Applied Systems Limited

Employers must offer smokers help to quit the habit, including giving them time off to attend cessation clinics, leading health experts have said. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued this advice to firms ahead of the smoking ban in England, which comes into force on 1 July.

Failure to comply with the law could result in penalties of up to £2,500. A ban has already been introduced in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Caroline Flint MP, Labour's Public Health Minister discusses the introduction of England's smokefree zone. We ask why Labour bothered creating this viral - it gives out no extra information .. poor content.

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