The ‘Defence Smoke-Free Working Environment’ directive is designed to support the Government’s aim to reduce the percentage of UK adults who smoke from 15.5 per cent to 12 per cent or less.
The Army say here that smoking has been part of Army culture since smoking cigarettes first became popular in the 1950s.
“The unhealthy addiction is one of the leading causes of premature death with 200 people dying each day from smoking in England. However, the culture is changing and today’s soldiers are more conscious about the affects smoking has on their health. Launched to coincide with Stoptober (it’s the tenth year Stoptober has run during the month of October), Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has directed the policy to help smokers give up and to prevent non-smokers from taking up the habit.”
Vaping will still be allowed in designated areas.
Support to help stop smoking (the below info is via the British Army website)
NHS stop smoking service is available across the whole of the UK, including online advice, emergency phone number for local stop smoking service and advice on nicotine replacement products provided on the NHS.
- Smokefree National Helpline 0300 123 1044 [England]
- Want2Stop Northern Ireland
- Quit Your Way Scotland
- NHS Wales Stop Smoking
- Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
- NHS Quit Smoking
The definition of the smoke-free policy is:
“Prohibition of the use of all tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) within the perimeter of a Defence site and/or near to site entrances. The policy is Whole Force and includes anyone on site (including contractors, visitors and other non-MOD personnel) all hours and all days.”
Contractors, visitors and all other non-defence personnel must also abide by the new rules.