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Do you take cigarette breaks at work?

The end of ciggie breaks?

From next year civil servants will no longer be able to pop out during the working day for a cigarette. Are you welcoming the change? Would you like to see the same happen in your workplace?

Do people ‘pop out for a fag’ where you work? And if they do, or you do, how many minutes of the working day do you think is taken up with them?

How do you feel that as a taxpayer Civil Servants – whose wages you pay – have up until now been able to nip out for a cigarette whenever they liked?

Well that’s set to change from next year as the government has pledged to enforce the rules more strictly and ban States employees from taking ciggie breaks.

'Cake break'

Would you be pleased to see smoking breaks banned in your office? Do you feel it’s unfair that smokers get more breaks in the day than non-smokers do?

A friend of mine once tried to introduce a daily ‘cake break’ in his office for non-smokers. Perhaps you would like to redress the balance by extending non-smokers lunch breaks by 15 minutes?

Do you think that it’s unfair for States workers who have enjoyed their cigarettes during the working day for a long time to loose them?

Not policy, but customary

Jersey’s medical officer Dr Rosemary Geller explained that whilst it was not policy for States workers to be allowed to leave to smoke whilst at work it has been customary for some civil servants to do so.

She explains that the ban of fag breaks for States employees will be enforced more vigorously now for a number of reasons:

“One because it’s not entirely fair to carry on doing it, but also because the majority of smokers want to give up and actually welcome more restrictions put on their smoking.”

What do you think?

Let us know what you think about cigarette breaks at work.

last updated: 29/04/2008 at 15:37
created: 18/12/2007

Have Your Say

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lauren
what next are they going to stop people going to the toilet. its STUPID.

lauren
you should be aloud to have a fag break aslong as you do your work aswell.

BB
Have your fag break, but make up the time to be fair to non-smokers. Their fag break should also include an extra couple of minutes to brush their teeth and wash their hands so the person next to them doesn't feel like vomiting when they do come back!

Brad
I think it's a great idea, some people I work with will spend over an hour of their working day taking 20 fag breaks and still have their lunch break for an hour as usual. I worked out how much time they waste and it's 5 hours a week, for 48 weeks a year, which is 240 hours, they get paid 2533.33 per year to smoke!! (based on a 19k salary) How is that fair on us non-smokers? I know this is 20 a day which is quite extreme in working hours, but smokers take fag breaks just so they don't have to work for a few minutes...I know this because I used to smoke! It's almost as annoying as wearing a suit in the summer while the women frolic in strapless tops, mini-skirts and flip-flops....double standards but that's another issue!

L.J.
WE LIVE IN A DICTATORSHIP ISLAND.IT SEEMAS WHATEVER THE PEOPLE WANT ITS TOTALLY IRRELEVANT. AND THEY WANT TO KNOW WHY PEOPLE DONT VOTE..WHY BOTHER 20,000 PEOPLE SAID NO TO GST AS WELL.. LE SUEUR HES SO WEALTHY WHAT DOES HE CARE.. AS FOR HIM BEING MINISTER .. WHAT A JOKE ...

Kayleigh
i think its stupid because now we're being told to not smoke at all basically... smoking has been banned in pubs.. soon in work hours... soon we wont be able to smoke in the street if all these bans keep happening.. at my work our fag breaks are clocked in and out but only out of core hours so we have to stay and make up the time if we have fag breaks

CONSTANCE
I WORKED WITH A WOMAN WHO CAME INTO THE OFFICE 4HRS ONCE A WEEK WELL PAID..SHE TOOK AT LEAST 5 FASG BREAKS..GETTING MONEY FOR OLD ROPE..THEY TAKE THE MICKEY!!IM A SMOKER BUT WOULDNT THINK OF LEAVING MY WORK TO STAND OUTSIDE FREEZE AND THEN STINK EVERYONE OUT AROUND YOU...ban them that do it...DEFINATELY

Jon
Brilliant idea - it isn't fair on the rest of us Non-Smokers that smokers get to take a break, away from work every hour or so just because they're addicted to a drug. We don't get the same break.Surely you can hold on until a designated 'break' from work such as lunch or tea.

Chris
Could it be a breach of Human Rights for a smoker to be deprived of a cigarette for such a long time?

Jesseppi
Totally moast excellent idea!

Darren
Excellent idea - I want them to stop all breaks of any description, including toilet, food and coffee breaks.All workers will be issued with a flask, a ready meal and a potty.You are there to be productive, not to have any enjoyment whatsoever.Are you sure that we're not still occupied by the Nazis ??

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