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No smoking signs cause workers to make up excuses for a break

20th April 2012 | No Smoking Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Up to a third of smokers are making up excuses to run errands so that they can take a sneaky cigarette break.

Since no smoking signs were put up when indoor bans came in to effect in England in 2007, many are now having to be inventive when it comes to getting their tobacco fix.

According to a report by the Co-operative Pharmacy, 30 per cent have offered to take on extra jobs outside of their role so that they can get an additional break.

Among the extra tasks included being put in charge of buying milk, sugar, tea and coffee for the workforce, while a trip to the post office was also on the to-do list.

Fiona Caplan-Dean, clinical services manager at the Co-operative Pharmacy, said: "The British weather and the smoking ban in public places inadvertently seem to be having an impact on people's health. Perhaps next time it rains it might give people an incentive to start thinking about giving up smoking."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801345300-ADNFCR


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