Smokers get reprieve

Evesham Journal: Smokers get reprieve Smokers get reprieve

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council won’t be following the example of its hospital colleagues in banning smoking among staff – for now.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust this week announced a blanket ban on its staff, contractors and volunteers lighting up in the grounds of its three county hospitals.

From 2015, patients and visitors will also be prevented from lighting up on site.

But despite a plea from Councillor Andy Roberts, chairman of the county council’s health overview and scrutiny committee, the council says staff at County Hall can continue to use its smoking shelters for the time being.

“I welcome the news that Worcestershire Acute Hospitals’ NHS Trust aims to be smoke-free by 2015 and Coun Roberts raises a very pertinent point,”

said Coun Marcus Hart, the county council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing.

“In my role as cabinet member and as chairman of the Worcestershire Tobacco Control Alliance, I am very supportive of any measures that help reduce smoking and which make it no longer the norm.

“Staff at County Hall are currently able to use smoking shelters if they wish and at this time this remains in place. I have raised the issue before and will continue to do it again to see what more the county council can do on its own premises.”

Coun Roberts said it would make sense for the county council to follow suit. “We – the county council – are now responsible for public health,” he said.

“Now that the hospital has taken this initiative I think the county council should look at itself.”

The NHS Trust said its plan will support its “prevention message” to patients, as they will now be treated by staff not smelling of smoke.

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3:22pm Tue 10 Dec 13

chas says...

Could somebody please tell me when it was made illegal to smoke in open public places?
Could somebody please tell me when it was made illegal to smoke in open public places? chas

8:29pm Tue 10 Dec 13

harleyrider1777 says...

Its not and they cant ban it at all!
Its not and they cant ban it at all! harleyrider1777

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