Smoking has been banned at all public places since 2007 and yet research shows at least 15% of the population does not follow the anti smoking norms. Visual aids in public places like international no smoking signs and smoke free zones have been used. Though these have been successful in controlling public smoking, a lot has to be achieved in terms of awareness of legal norms and environmental responsibilities as good citizens. Whether you are an employer, employee, student representative at a university or an independent artist; there is always some steps you can take to enforce no smoking regulations.
As an Employer
As an employer, you will be in a position to influence the activities of your employees. Apart from following the government norms of using the 28cm x 14.25 cm international no smoking signs at your office entrance and important spaces like the boardroom or lunchroom, you have to make your employees aware about the penalties of smoking in no smoking areas.
There is a government fine of thirty pounds if somebody is caught smoking in a public office, the fine may extend to two hundred pounds if the person is prosecuted for smoking. Circulate this information amongst all your employees, send a group mail or put it up on the office bulletin board. Make sure all this is strictly enforced in your office.
Use innovative measures like reward schemes for the person who designs the best anti smoking image/message. This will automatically motivate your employees to follow “no smoking” regulations.
You can also offer incentives to motivate people who are on the verge of quitting.
Apart from the much documented ill effects of smoking, it has been found out that ETS (environmental second hand smoke) or smoke emitted by smokers mixed with environmental gases contribute 43 carcinogenic environments.
If you have a human resource department in your company, ask them to make a pamphlet on ill effects of active and passive smoking and distribute them among your employees. If you do not have an HR Dept, take up the initiative yourself as an employer.
As an Employee or an Independent Professional/Artist
You can put up anti smoking screens on your desktop and use mouse pads with anti smoking graphics imprinted on them. People learn from example, if your colleague’s see that you are so passionate about not smoking they may try to reduce smoking or at least not smoke in the office premises.
If you see any of your co workers smoking in the office, report the matter immediately to Human Resources. Participate in non smoking campaigns to increase awareness amongst your friends and family.
As an independent artist (writer, painter, singer, graphics designer) you have the opportunity to influence a wide circle of people.