Students Staff
University of Essex

March 2, 2021

No Smoking Policy

Filed under: Advice & Support — Victoria Beckwith @ 1:03 pm

In February 2020, our revised No Smoking Policy was approved by USG. Below are some headline changes:

  • Individual requirements are clearer
  • There is a stronger focus on personal judgement and responsibility within the law.
  • There is helpful signposting to internal and external sources of support and information

We are committed to creating an enabling environment at the University and our revised Policy aims to strengthen our commitment to providing a healthy and safe working environment for all. As an employee you are expected to take personal responsibility for observing this Policy.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on working life – with many employees experiencing significant changes to their lives and work routines (e.g. home-working and furlough) – has heightened many of the wellbeing risk factors, such as increased emotional pressures and social isolation. The University wish to provide as much support as possible for those who wish to give up smoking. Please contact your Employee Relations Advisor or Occupational Health if you have further questions about the support available.