Smoking in cars at Aberdeenshire Council sites banned

A council has agreed to ban anyone from smoking within their own vehicles while in its car parks.

Aberdeenshire Council’s new policy aims to ensure non-smokers are not exposed to tobacco smoke.

Under the policy, smoking – including electronic cigarettes – will be banned on any premises or sites owned by the local authority.

It will not affect people parked in public pay and display sites but car parks around council buildings, including swimming pools, care homes and offices.

Everyone including staff, councillors, volunteers, contractors, visitors and service users will be banned from smoking in their vehicles.

The policy and resources committee approved the proposal at a meeting yesterday.

Ritchie Johnston, director of business services, said: “This change to our smoking policy provides clarity to staff and we are pleased to be following other high-profile organisations who have also implemented smoke-free grounds.

“This will go a long way to ensuring that our staff and visitors to our premises alike appreciate how seriously we take their health and wellbeing.”