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Do you take cigarette breaks at work?
The end of ciggie breaks?
By Claire Peters
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.
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
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