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For more information on Smoking click here for the relevant chapter of the TUC guide to health and safety "Hazards at Work

A 2003, TUC co-published report stated that every year 1,200 people in the UK - three a day - die due to passive smoking at work.

Many scientific reports state that passive smoking is a cause of heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory diseases in exposed adults. Exposure of pregnant women to environmental tobacco smoke causes lower birth weight in their babies.

Since July 2007 there has been a ban on smoking within almost all enclosed workplaces across the UK, including bars and clubs. This has greatly reduced the risks from passive smoking through work although some issues still exist for trade unionists. These include workers who visit people in their own homes, smoking breaks and supporting smokers who want to give up.

A TUC guide to negotiating smoking policies in the workplace can be found at:

http://www.tuc.org.uk/extras/smokingguide2007.pdf

Links

Hazards news and resources on smoking

UNISON Information sheet on smoking in the workplace

HSE: Passive smoking at work (pdf document)

Action on Smoking and Health

The most recent documents available on this subject are:

Enforcers back 'popular' smoking ban
The local authority health and safety enforcement staff policing England's new smoking ban could need protection in carrying out their duties, public sector union UNISON has said.
PDF version available for download
6 July 2007

Use the ban to help staff quit urges TUC
With the smoking ban in English workplaces only days away, the Northern TUC is urging employers not to make life difficult for smokers by banning them from cigarette breaks, but to use the change in the law as an opportunity to help their staff get healthier and quit the habit.
29 June 2007

Use the ban to help staff quit urges TUC
The TUC is urging employers not to make life difficult for smokers by banning them from cigarette breaks, but to use the change in the law as an opportunity to help their staff get healthier and quit the habit.
PDF version available for download
29 June 2007

Use the ban to help staff quit urges TUC
With the smoking ban in English workplaces only days away, the TUC is today (Wednesday) urging employers not to make life difficult for smokers by banning them from cigarette breaks, but to use the change in the law as an opportunity to help their staff get healthier and quit the habit.
27 June 2007

Taxi leaders welcome smoking ban
Leaders of England's taxi drivers have welcomed the complete ban on smoking in taxis and private hire vehicles which comes into effect at the end of this month.
PDF version available for download
15 June 2007

UNISON action call on work smoking
With fewer than 50 days to go until England introduces a ban on smoking in public places, public sector union UNISON is offering advice to employers on how best to go about it.
PDF version available for download
18 May 2007

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