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CRACKDOWN ON SMOKING IN CHILDREN'S HOME

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Children's homes must ban smoking except in desigated rooms under new government rules issued yesterday, the Guardi...
Children's homes must ban smoking except in desigated rooms under new government rules issued yesterday, the Guardian reports (p4).

The circular recognises that the new rules, including a ban on staff smoking on duty or in front of children, must be introduced sensitively and allows six months for people to prepare.

Those residents over 16 who already smoke on admission must be put on a programme to break the habit.

John Findlay, National officer of Unison, said residential care staff were likely to think the rules too strict.
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