And yes, this does include the Mess!!!!!!!!! A no-smoking policy will come into force across defence, including all enclosed MOD and Service workplaces and vehicles, from 0600 local time on 31 December 2006. The MOD is to introduce a 'No Smoking' Policy across Defence in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Overseas with effect from 31 December 2006 [Picture: Defence PR Bureau] This change brings policy for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Overseas across the defence estate into line with that already in place for Scotland. The proposed new rules are set out in a Defence Internal brief, released today. The MOD Trade Unions are being consulted. A DIN will be issued following this consultation to confirm the policy. The key points are: All MOD and Service enclosed workplaces in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Overseas and all MOD and Service vehicles must become smoke-free. Appropriate signs will need to be displayed at all entrances to defence establishments and instructions issued to ensure that all personnel are aware of this requirement. There must be no smoking in Service Messes and Clubs. Local Commands have discretion to designate certain bedrooms as "smoking permitted" in Service Single Living Accommodation. The policy meets the new legal requirements in Scotland, which took effect on 26 March 2006, so re-establishing a consistent smoking policy across Defence. RN surface warships everywhere are already smoke-free below decks. Ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are to be smoke-free by April 07, and HM Submarines are to be smoke-free by June 07. The MOD Trade Unions are being consulted formally on the policy intentions. A DIN will be issued following this consultation to confirm the policy. Line managers and colleagues are encouraged to implement the new policy sensitively, and to provide sympathetic support for smokers to enable them to adjust to the policy so as to avoid recourse to disciplinary action.