Staff at Breckland Council in the eastern English county of Norfolk will no longer be paid for time spent smoking after proposals agreed earlier this year came into force on Monday. This measure is said to be taken to bring fairness for all.
Smokers’ lobby group Forest said everyone was entitled to a break during work and described the plan as “tyrannical,” the BBC reported.
“Many smokers believe having the occasional cigarette allows them to refocus,” a Forest spokesman told the BBC
(certainly they are in focus now!).
The new smoking policy is permanent but will be reviewed in six months, the council said.