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UNITED KINGDOM

British Army to eliminate smoking in 2022

04 Oct 2021. The British Army is set to go tobacco-free at all its sites in the UK by 31 December 2022, reports army.mod.uk.

The Defence Smoke-Free Working Environment directive supports 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 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.”

Launched to coincide with Stoptober, 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.