Smoking at Work
Smoke Free Fife
Fife Council, as a responsible employer, has a policy to restrict smoking in and around the work place. Our duty is to protect the health of all employees and to provide a healthy work environment. In line with the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005, and The Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006, Fife Council operate a total ban on smoking in Council properties & workplaces and vehicles which are primarily used for business purposes.
As our knowledge of the health risks caused by smoking and passive smoking increases the Council's policy on smoking has been adapted. It now reflects current standards and legislation and the duty the Council has to safeguard the health of employees, visitors and clients. The Policy was updated in September 2013 to include information on restrictions for e-cigarettes.
We also back the Scottish Government aim to ‘create a generation of Scots who do not want to smoke’. Their tobacco control strategy for Scotland 2013 ‘Creating a Tobacco - Free Generation’ has set a date of 2034 to achieve this outcome.
Evidence suggests that peer pressure greatly affects the probability of youngsters starting to smoke. By restricting smoking to designated areas away from public entrances we will not only reflect a better public perception of our staff but we will remove any obvious influence.
Our Policy now prohibits smoking within the confines of a school setting by employees, pupils, parents and other visitors. This includes Community Use and extends to the entire school grounds and playing fields etc.
As a health promoting organisation, every effort will be made to discourage smoking. You can find out more about our policies and the thought behind them be followingthis link. Support and information about your options should you wish to give up, are available on FISH