Council bans use of e-cigarettes

South Wales Argus: BANNED: Council staff will no longer be allowed to use e-cigarettes anywhere on council premises BANNED: Council staff will no longer be allowed to use e-cigarettes anywhere on council premises

A GWENT council has banned its employees from using electronic cigarettes on their premises from the start of July.

Caerphilly council's cabinet gave the move the green light yesterday (Wed) after a proposal was brought to them last month (April).

The policy will cover all of the council’s employees and agency workers, and all employees will also be forbidden from charging their electronic cigarettes’ batteries on the council’s premises.

Cllr Rhianon Passmore, who represents Risca East, said she supported the move, which will come into force on July 1.

She said: “There is confusion about what can be termed e-cigarettes so (the policy) makes it clear and consistent. It sends the right signals to young people.”

Members of the council’s policy and resources scrutiny committee first agreed to amend the council’s long-standing no smoking policy to include electronic cigarettes’ use and the cabinet rubber stamped the move.

When the proposal was proposed, Cllr Christine Forehead, cabinet member for Human Resources and Governance, said: “This move to strengthen our no smoking policy shows that we are doing all we can to ensure we are providing a healthy, smoke-free work environment for our employees.”

The move is in line with the approach taken by the Welsh Government and the Aneurin Bevan Health Board.

And employees will no longer be able to use the electronic cigarettes in all council buildings or in its entrances or exits, adjacent land and in its car parks, according to a council report.

Its policy already covers cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

The council said they will “actively promote the improvement of the heath of its employees by providing information on the health risks and other problems related to smoking of tobacco products or e-cigarette”.

But there will be exemptions for people in a care home, a mental health unit which provides residential accommodation for patients, an adult hospice, in rooms in a research or testing facility or bedrooms in a hotel, guesthouse, hostel or members’ club.

Where these facilities are available, they must not be used by council employees.

The council said the policy would be reviewed “when appropriate”.

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7:03pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Independentvoter says...

Idiots !!!!!
Idiots !!!!! Independentvoter
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8:07pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Magor says...

Typical Labour Fascists.
Typical Labour Fascists. Magor
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8:16pm Wed 30 Apr 14

manager111 says...

Well you will still be able to have a quick puff in the toilets because they do not smell, it will be a ban on eating and drinking on council property next.
Well you will still be able to have a quick puff in the toilets because they do not smell, it will be a ban on eating and drinking on council property next. manager111
  • Score: -1

10:04pm Wed 30 Apr 14

gingertom says...

This is the same council that has just granted newbridge mcdonalds 24 hour opening, so they obviously don't care about obesity.
This is the same council that has just granted newbridge mcdonalds 24 hour opening, so they obviously don't care about obesity. gingertom
  • Score: 2

11:55pm Wed 30 Apr 14

kez1968 says...

Labour = nanny state!!!
Labour = nanny state!!! kez1968
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8:01am Thu 1 May 14

Dai Rear says...

"Cabinet"-look at us tiny people out here in a place you've never heard of. We've got "cabinets", like real governments. Don't look now little people but your real government is in Brussels and, no, it doesn't have "cabinets". It has "Commissioners". Perhaps you should call yourselves "commissionaires" . That's about your level.
"Cabinet"-look at us tiny people out here in a place you've never heard of. We've got "cabinets", like real governments. Don't look now little people but your real government is in Brussels and, no, it doesn't have "cabinets". It has "Commissioners". Perhaps you should call yourselves "commissionaires" . That's about your level. Dai Rear
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8:31am Thu 1 May 14

cath 872 says...

Smoking is drug addiction, people are hooked on the nicotine in the cigarettes, electronic or not. Remove the nicotine from e-cigs and their sales will plummet overnight. I don't know anything about Caerphilly Council but is it really a good thing to encourage drug addiction on their premises?
Smoking is drug addiction, people are hooked on the nicotine in the cigarettes, electronic or not. Remove the nicotine from e-cigs and their sales will plummet overnight. I don't know anything about Caerphilly Council but is it really a good thing to encourage drug addiction on their premises? cath 872
  • Score: -1

9:46am Thu 1 May 14

Dai Rear says...

cath 872 wrote:
Smoking is drug addiction, people are hooked on the nicotine in the cigarettes, electronic or not. Remove the nicotine from e-cigs and their sales will plummet overnight. I don't know anything about Caerphilly Council but is it really a good thing to encourage drug addiction on their premises?
And I don't either. So, if they've got really good bin collections, pothole free streets, plenty of nice clean public lavatories and good street lighting, plus a budget surplus, then use tax money for this kind of irrelevant displacement activity-or even better, give it back to the tax payers. Otherwise, don't waste time and money on rubbish like this which is only about the self importance of local politicos.
[quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: Smoking is drug addiction, people are hooked on the nicotine in the cigarettes, electronic or not. Remove the nicotine from e-cigs and their sales will plummet overnight. I don't know anything about Caerphilly Council but is it really a good thing to encourage drug addiction on their premises?[/p][/quote]And I don't either. So, if they've got really good bin collections, pothole free streets, plenty of nice clean public lavatories and good street lighting, plus a budget surplus, then use tax money for this kind of irrelevant displacement activity-or even better, give it back to the tax payers. Otherwise, don't waste time and money on rubbish like this which is only about the self importance of local politicos. Dai Rear
  • Score: -3

11:44am Thu 1 May 14

Realist UK says...

On reading the headline, and before clicking, I'd have bet my mortgage that it related to Caerphilly Council. The most arrogant, out of touch, shameless and downright contemptuous authority not only in Wales but the UK.
On reading the headline, and before clicking, I'd have bet my mortgage that it related to Caerphilly Council. The most arrogant, out of touch, shameless and downright contemptuous authority not only in Wales but the UK. Realist UK
  • Score: 0

11:59am Thu 1 May 14

-trigg- says...

Congratulations!

Rather than encouraging their staff to take the healthier option and allow them to use e-cigs whilst still at their desks and working, the council are instead making it more likely that their staff will continue smoking tobacco products, harming their health.

What will it take, one of these staff suing the council for damages after catching a smoking related disease?
Congratulations! Rather than encouraging their staff to take the healthier option and allow them to use e-cigs whilst still at their desks and working, the council are instead making it more likely that their staff will continue smoking tobacco products, harming their health. What will it take, one of these staff suing the council for damages after catching a smoking related disease? -trigg-
  • Score: -3

12:11pm Thu 1 May 14

Realist UK says...

I'm quite sure someone at Caerphilly Council monitors these comments purely to click the thumb-down icon if it appears negative to their politburo masters. (awaits the thumbs-down)
I'm quite sure someone at Caerphilly Council monitors these comments purely to click the thumb-down icon if it appears negative to their politburo masters. (awaits the thumbs-down) Realist UK
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3:10pm Thu 1 May 14

-trigg- says...

Realist UK wrote:
I'm quite sure someone at Caerphilly Council monitors these comments purely to click the thumb-down icon if it appears negative to their politburo masters. (awaits the thumbs-down)
The WAG would do the same thing but since these comments aren't in Welsh they can't get funding for it
[quote][p][bold]Realist UK[/bold] wrote: I'm quite sure someone at Caerphilly Council monitors these comments purely to click the thumb-down icon if it appears negative to their politburo masters. (awaits the thumbs-down)[/p][/quote]The WAG would do the same thing but since these comments aren't in Welsh they can't get funding for it -trigg-
  • Score: -3

3:27pm Thu 1 May 14

cath 872 says...

Dai Rear I agree, its probably just a box ticking exercise and there are other priorities
Dai Rear I agree, its probably just a box ticking exercise and there are other priorities cath 872
  • Score: -3

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