Leading by example, NHS Borders recently approved a revised Tobacco Policy which aims to maximise health improvement for NHS Borders staff, service users and visitors by going beyond the legal requirements.
The new policy prohibits smoking in the grounds of all the health board’s hospitals and surgeries, with only a few exceptions and harsh penalties for those who don’t comply.
Under the Public Health Scotland Regulations 2006, failure to comply with the policy is a criminal offence. Individuals may be fined a fixed penalty of £50 for smoking in any no-smoking premises. The manager or person in control of any no-smoking premises could be fined a fixed penalty of £200 ...Am I missing something or is this nonsense? If a policy exceeds legal requirements, how can it be against the law to breach it?
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