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Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation are promoting a mass attempt to stop smoking in October. The collective endeavour, called Stoptober, encourages smokers to abstain from lighting up for 28 days. It’s based on research which indicates that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.

Robert West, director of tobacco studies at University College London, noted that large scale attempts to change human behaviour (such as smoking) are more effective due to the fact that people are “social animals” influenced by each other.

Smoking has been banned in the workplace since relevant legislation came into force back in 2007. This template No Smoking Policy sets out a company’s duty to provide a safe working environment and uphold the ban imposed on smoking in public places, as laid down in the Health Act 2006.

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