Stubbing It Out

On July 1, 2007, a ban on smoking goes into effect in all enclosed public places and workplaces in England. This article discusses how the railroad industry is preparing for this ban. Posters are going up to inform passengers about the changes in advance, and new no-smoking signs will be used when the law actually comes into effect. Although open-air platforms technically are not covered by the law, many railroads are declaring all station premises, including these platforms, to be smoke-free. Employee break rooms and company vehicles will also be smoke-free. Several railroads are offering free nicotine patches and providing other assistance for employees who wish to give up smoking in response to the ban. The railroads are hoping that peer pressure and disapproval from other passengers will be the biggest factor in discouraging scofflaws. However, guidelines are being developed on how staff should deal with smoking passengers. Ultimately, the British Transport Police are responsible for enforcement.


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  • Accession Number: 01049739
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 2007 11:10AM