Presuming this isn't a wah, the mess I stay in occasionally allows smoking in individual rooms, but not in any general areas.
Surprisingly enough, they haven't quite made smoking illegal yet, so as long as people are allowed to smoke in their room, I would think there's little he can do about it.
Of course he could always try to insist that his colleagues don't smoke in his presence or complain about it up the chain, but I would suggest that sort of intolerance might be ill advised. The response is unlikely to be less than physical.
As a smoker myself, I try to spare non smokers my fumes if they don't try to make my life miserable in the process of making their point. Tolerance cuts both ways, and mine gets a bit stretched at times being lectured on morality by people with dubious enough personal practices of their own.
They are wrong and breaking regulations, far be it for me to advise him (he has to live with them), however, they are totally out of order.
When I was young I lived I an 8 man room (old H block) and most of the lads smoked, for most of them they sparked up before they opened their eyes in the morning. Would I have complained if we had this current law, probably not.
Itâs his call, however he has a legitimate grievance. You are not allowed to smoke in shared areas
It is bound to happen. My old camp had a problem with the single soldiers to bedspace ratio, HQ block was renowned for its overcrowding. People get put where there is space for them, simple as.
I would imagine they do have permission to smoke in their room, I always did when living in, so if he is that concerned about it (which it sounds like he is) his first port of call should be his SQMS/ CQMS or equivalent. He should be able to come to some kind of arrangment, swapping rooms or something similar- just don't expect him to be popular for a while for f**king the lads around...
If that doesn't help, he should push for a CBRN instructors course, as I imagine hs masking up and decontamination drills will be untouchable soon enough.