The Hammersmith and Fulham worker-led council prohibits all employees from smoking at their desks while they are working from home
- The council has banned employees from smoking even if they work at home
- The Hammersmith and Fulham Council advised employees that "any part of a private home that is used solely for work purposes must be smoke-free".
- The smoking ban has been criticized as a "moral crusade" waging a "war on election".
A city council in west London has banned all employees from smoking at their desks, even if they work from home.
The Hammersmith and Fulham Worker-Led Council advised employees that "any part of a private home used solely for work purposes must be smoke-free".
The smoking ban has been criticized by activists as a "moral crusade" waging a "war on freedom of choice and personal freedom".
The Hammersmith and Fulham worker-led council has banned employees from smoking at their desks while working from home. The ban was criticized by activists as a "moral crusade" [file picture]
When asked to comment, The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham declined to comment.
However, a council source told The Telegraph that the current smoking ban for homeworkers was being replaced and that no employee had been disciplined for violating the guidelines.
A new report entitled "Smoke-Free Ideology – How Local Authorities Wage War Against Freedom of Choice and Personal Freedom" revealed that the councils' strict guidelines apply to employees.
From a survey of 147 councils with an explicit policy on cigarette breaks, the report found that only 10 councils allowed workers to smoke breaks.
The figures show that 50 councils have banned smoking or vaping completely – even if staff were or were logged off Walking between work appointments.
One report found that 50 councils banned smoking or vaping entirely – even when staff were logged off or back and forth between work appointments [vaping man's file picture].
The report is funded by the Forest lobby group and will be published tomorrow by freedom fighters, the Manifesto Club.
The report's author, Josie Appleton, said smoking restrictions are not about smoking risks, but rather a "moral crusade" against smoking as a "shameful" activity.
She added that councils should focus on the delivery of public services rather than "interfering with the lifestyles of their staff".
However, the chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Welling Board, Councilor Ian Hudspeth, defended the councils' smoking policy and told the Telegraph that they were "responsible employers".