Not sure if this is old hat?...latest smoking ban.

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  1. Soldiers face barracks smoking ban


    BRITISH soldiers are to be barred from lighting up cigarettes in their barracks despite being exempt from the new smoking ban legislation.

    Strict rules to be introduced by the Ministry of Defence will extend the ban on smoking in public places to all military buildings when it is introduced next month.

    Smoking in barracks will be prohibited despite being classed as private accommodation, which makes them exempt from the new law. Military canteens and officers’ messes will also be subject to the ban.

    It means smoking shelters will have to be built outside military facilities to allow personnel to enjoy a cigarette.

    Even squaddies stationed at foreign bases will not escape the ban as it will be enforced on all MoD property.

    Only Royal Navy submarines and Royal Navy Auxiliary ships will be exempt from the ban, with smoking quarters for staff.

    A spokeswoman for the army said: "When the smoking legislation comes into force, there will be a total ban in all British military facilities. Although barracks are areas of accommodation, they also serve as a working environment for staff and cleaners, so smoking will not be allowed there.

    "The army has its own smoking cessation resources available to our soldiers and officers to help them give up."

    Last night a spokeswoman for the Scottish Executive welcomed the blanket ban on smoking by the military.

    She said: "Army barracks are exempt from the legislation as they are residential accommodation. However, we know that many organisations currently operate their own smoke-free policies, irrespective of the law, and we welcome any further measures that are taken to benefit employees’ health."



    Ministry of Defence
    http://www.mod.uk/
     
  2. Our Mess went"fag-free" from the 1 March..........feel sorry for the lepers who have to leave the bar to light up
     
  3. Lepers unite! Outside though!
     
  4. Just to clarify - not even outside ?? Do you have to leave camp to smoke ( I ask because my son starts his basic training in August)
     
  5. It looks as though there's going to more of "going through the motions" from now on. AWAF instead of AWOL, absent with a fag will now be punished by a spell in Colly with compulsory patches and gum. What is one going to do now after a three minute knee trembler against the back of the NAAFI? Stick on another patch? One is as fcuked as the recipient of one's attentions.
     
  6. A spokeswoman for the army said: "When the smoking legislation comes into force, there will be a total ban in all British military facilities. Although barracks are areas of accommodation, they also serve as a working environment for staff and cleaners, so smoking will not be allowed there.

    Has anybody ever seen a cleaner in the accommodation blocks? I thought we used to be the cleaners or have times changed that much.