Aberdeenshire Council goes Smoke Free
As part of the Scottish Government’s “Creating a Tobacco Free Generation” strategy, Aberdeenshire Council has followed in the footsteps of NHS Grampian by implementing a smoke free grounds policy from Tuesday, May 3 2016.
This policy furthers the council’s existing approach, which does not permit smoking in or in immediate proximity to council buildings, by extending the area affected to include its grounds.
Whilst special provisions are made for certain sites, such as sheltered housing or care homes, the policy means that smoking is not permitted in any area within or around a premises that is owned by Aberdeenshire Council, including car parks (not pay and display), grounds and buildings.
This means smoking within cars parked within Aberdeenshire Council car parks is not permitted, and the policy is applicable to all councillors, employees, volunteers, contractors, visitors and service users.
Garioch Area Manager and Chair of the Aberdeenshire Health Inequalities Group, Douglas Milne, said: “Aberdeenshire is one of the first few Scottish local authorities to implement the government’s strategy for creating a tobacco-free generation. It is through the leadership of local authorities, the NHS and the government that we can begin to diminish the appeal of smoking.
“The health and well-being of our staff and residents is of top concern and this is representative of that. We also provide smoking cessation treatment and advice to any member of staff looking to quit.”
The policy will initially affect main council offices and will roll out to other sites over the coming months. Advisory signage will be in place to inform staff and visitors.
Health Improvement Officer (Local Government)
Aberdeenshire Health and Wellbeing
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