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12 March 2019

Council hubs go smokefree on 13 March

As a modern public sector organisation, it's the right time to be make this change.

Jerry Wickham, cabinet member for public health
Wiltshire Council's three main hubs go smokefree for staff and the public from 13 March 2019.
 
This means that staff and visitors will not be able to smoke on the premises and car parks of County Hall in Trowbridge, Monkton Park in Chippenham and Bourne Hill in Salisbury. 
 
Vaping will be permitted by the public, outside but they are requested to do so away from main entrances, windows and be mindful of other people using the sites. Staff will have designated areas for vaping.
 
The council's intention is then to make its other sites smokefree during 2019-20.
 
Smoking remains the primary cause of preventable illness and premature deaths in the UK and is significantly associated with diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), various forms of cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke. Exposure to second-hand smoke is also known to increase the risk of these conditions and contributes to serious illnesses among children, such as asthma. Smoking is the biggest single cause of inequalities in death rates between the rich and poor and it contributes to more 600 premature deaths in Wiltshire per year.
 
Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, said: "As a modern public sector organisation, it's the right time to be make this change. Not only do we want it to help encourage people to quit smoking for good, but we hope it makes our main hubs more welcoming for visitors."
 
For those who smoke and want to stop for good, Wiltshire Council can provide lots of support, including a dedicated health trainer team. People should visit our Health Trainer page. 
 
Useful information and support can also be found on the council's smoking support pages on the website.
 
Wiltshire Council's hubs going smokefree on 13 March coincides with National No Smoking Day 2019 and this year's theme is ‘Today is the day'. More information can be found on the national non-smoking day website.  

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Smoking remains the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death in the UK and contributes to the burden of costs to the NHS and adult social care services. The council has agreed to promote smokefree environments to encourage a healthy workforce and support our partners who are also introducing smokefree sites.

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Smoking will not be permitted at the three main council hubs, and grounds, at County Hall, Bourne Hill and Monkton Park from 13 March 2019. Smokefree sites will be rolled out across other council sites e.g. libraries and leisure centres throughout 2019-2020.  

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The council Health Trainer Team is available to support people who want to stop smoking.  Alternatively stop smoking services are available at GP surgeries and pharmacies. Visit our public health pages   for information about local support or the NHS for stop smoking information and advice

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Yes.  Vaping and the use of e-cigarettes will be permitted outside on site.  You are requested to do so away from main entrances, windows and be mindful of other people using the sites.

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The Health Trainer Team can support smokers to reduce the amount they smoke.  Nicotine replacement therapy and/ or e-cigarettes can be used during periods of temporary abstinence during visiting council sites. These products will need to be purchased yourself. 

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No. You will not be able to smoke in the car park or in your car in the council car parks. This includes car parks at County Hall, Monkton Park and Bourne Hill.

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PHE, NICE, NHS Senate and RCGP have all stated that use of e-cigarettes is 95% safer than smoking.  The long-term risks of use are still not known. 

Take a look at the  Public Health England Evidence review.
 

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It is expected that members of the public not smoking on site will be self-regulatory as appropriate signage will be in place. In some instances, council staff may need to point out the smoking restrictions to members of the public and site users. 

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Contractors and staff working for other organisations will need to adhere to the smokefree site policy. 
It will be the responsibility of the managers of these organisations to ensure their staff have been advised and do not smoke on site. 

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Last updated: 12 March 2019 | Last reviewed: 12 March 2019

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