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Following Nottingham City Council's decision to ban staff smoking in office hours, employees who don't wish to take...
Following Nottingham City Council's decision to ban staff smoking in office hours, employees who don't wish to take advantage of in-house stop-smoking programmes are being offered personal 'ashtrays' to stub their cigarettes out safely.

Five hundred portable containers bearing the legend 'Don't make Nottingham an ashtray' are being sent to managers for distribution to staff who want to smoke before and after work and in lunch breaks away from the workplace.

City Development Services Director Steve Dowling says: 'Not all of our staff feel they are ready to stop smoking and, while we naturally respect their right to continue, we do take the view that piles of cigarette ends littering entrances to Council offices are unacceptable. These ashtrays offer a secure and clean way of disposing of butts and it's our hope and belief that smokers will be keen to cooperate.'

Smoke Free Nottinghamshire has supported the Council in developing its smoking policy. Spokesperson Christine Harvey says: 'The City Council has taken a local lead in campaigning for smoke-free workplaces and imposed a total ban on lighting up during working hours since the beginning of this year. At the same time employees who want to quit smoking have been offered a variety of programmes to support them.

'We now look forward to working with the Council and the local stop smoking service, New Leaf, to support other workplaces developing similar policies.'

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