A new set of regulations will prevent all smoking anywhere on council premises in Aberdeen – including in car parks and vehicles.
The smoking restrictions will apply to all parts of Aberdeen City Council’s premises and grounds, including all doorways and surrounding areas.
Smoking inside vehicles on council sites will also be prohibited.
The new and comprehensive ban will also extend off-site, including council-owned vehicles and those carrying council staff on business.
Among a few exemptions will be designated smoking shelters and council properties deemed to be residential.
Similar restrictions were introduced by Aberdeenshire Council earlier this year.
Both councils have included e-cigarettes in their revised Smoke-Free at Work Policy and will offer help with smoking cessation to help staff kick the habit.
It is hoped the measures will make for a healthier working environment.
Councillor Willie Young, finance, policy and resources convener, said: “We’re following other local authorities and the NHS on this.
“I’m aware some people enjoy a cigarette, but it has become antisocial in a lot of ways and we are looking to stop it on our grounds.
“This will apply to both staff and councillors.
“I would like to see us as a local authority help people who want to give up and see what incentives there are to encourage council employees and other to give up.”