Developing work place smoking policies


An employer has a duty to protect employees from tobacco smoke but imposing an immediate smoking ban in the workplace may create problems and fail to address the difficulties that may be faced by smokers. Smoking behaviour is rooted in a powerful, physically addictive substance, nicotine, and employers should recognise that employees may need help. Having a smoking room is an option, but there are pros and cons with offering such facilities and the right solution may differ from one employer to the next. The elements of a successful policy include: (1) acceptance of the right not to be exposed to tobacco smoke; (2) consultation with employees and trade unions; (3) a timetable to bring in changes; (4) concrete support for attempts to quit smoking; (5) clear decisions on whether there will be a smoking room or how long it will be retained; (6) clear policies on smoking breaks.

Tobacco smoking
Type Classification:
G: Very Specific strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth