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Let’s (not) go outside

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The Government is considering extending the workplace smoking ban, which is due to come into force next summer, to office doorways.

It is proposed that the ban would extend to outdoor spaces if there is a ‘significant risk’ that people would be exposed to ‘significant quantities of smoke’.

At the moment, it is thought that any outdoor ban would only come into force after it was seen how the enclosed space ban worked.

But with fines of up to £2,500 for failing to display no-smoking signs or for not stopping people from lighting up, employers are being urged to consider their smoking policies.

One difficulty which may arise is that the government is still consulting over the legal definition of an enclosed space.

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