Nicolites Responds to NHS Tayside Introducing ex-Policeman as Security Guard to Prevent Smoking Onsite

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NHS Tayside has employed an ex-policeman to prevent staff and patients smoking on hospital grounds.

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‘We can understand why the NHS has taken a hard step in stamping out on smoking within hospital grounds.

Patrick O’Hara, the new smoking liaison officer has been given permission to enforce disciplinary action against staff that refuse to put out cigarettes, especially those who are using in-patient smoking areas. It has been reported that he has faced harsh criticism and abuse from fellow employees, some of which could lead to dismissals and suspension.

Chief Executive Gerry Marr informed all 14,000 staff by email stating that, ‘A growing number (of workers are smoking) despite recent management initiatives,’ he advised that they should ‘cease the practice of smoking on NHS Tayside sites with immediate effect.’ Aware of the unpleasant reception of this from staff he warned, ‘Please note that the use of abusive language will not be tolerated, will be deemed as unacceptable behaviour, could be viewed as gross misconduct and will be addressed in accordance with the Dignity at Work Policy.’

A spokesperson from Nicolites, the UKs leader in electronic cigarettes, reacted to the move, ‘We can understand why the NHS has taken a hard step in stamping out on smoking within hospital grounds. As the UK’s biggest preventable killer smoking costs the NHS millions of pounds a year alongside upset and tragedy for millions of people. However we also understand it is a very hard habit to kick and that’s why we offer a smoke and tar free alternative.’

Nicolites will be following the NHS non smoking developments closely within the coming months.

Nicolites is now the leading and most widely available brand of electric cigarette in the UK; they have formed business partnerships with many of the largest retailers to bring these wonderful innovations right on to the doorstep of every person in the country. Established in late 2007, Nicolites has grown into a multi-million pound company with international distribution networks and continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.

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