councillors are to consider proposals to ban smoking in all council buildings and even in
The Personnel Sub-Committee considered the proposals last night and the matter has now
gone forward to next Mondays Policy & Resources Committee for final decision.
The sub-committee recommended a consultation exercise with elected councillors,
employees, trades unions, residents and wardens of elderly peoples housing schemes
on the proposals set out in a report to ban cigarette smoking.
The report points out that health risks of smoking and passive smoking are well
documented and that the Health & Safety Executive recommended all employers to control
smoking in the workplace following full consultation.
It recommends banning smoking on council premises, in the councils fleet of
vehicles and in communal facilities at elderly peoples housing schemes.
It adds that a further report should be made in six months in connection with smoking
in the clubroom in the Town Hall, The Benn Hall and part of the bar area of The Ken
Marriott Leisure Centre.
It recommends no action should be taken to ban smoking in the councils housing
stock because it would be impractical to monitor.
But it is recommended that consultation should start on banning lighting-up
in the foyer to the Civic Suite, the councillors room, the leader of the
councils room, the workshop and mess at the Works Services Unit, two offices in The
Retreat and the market office.
Rugby Council has been running counselling sessions for employees and it is reported
that several have discontinued their smoking habit.