Man stubbing out a cigarette (Picture: PA).

Navy vessels to become 'tobacco-free' from January

Man stubbing out a cigarette (Picture: PA).

The Royal Navy is implementing a 'tobacco-free' policy from January, with the aim of the British military being smoke-free by 2022.

From the start of 2021, tobacco products will be prohibited on all submarines and ships – the first step of a phased process.

UK defence has committed to a ban on tobacco products on all of its sites, building towards a smoke-free working environment in the next two years.

The 'Smoking and Tobacco Control Strategy for Defence 2017-2022' aligns the MOD with Government efforts to reduce smoking while minimising the negative impact of smoking on operational capability.

Commanding officers or heads of establishments on each military site will decide whether to enforce the smoke-free policy, which will also apply to visitors, civil servants, and contractors.

Combustible and chewing tobacco products will be prohibited, while designated vaping areas will aim to support personnel looking to quit  – until the end of 2022.

Electronic cigarettes are classed as 'smoking materials' under MOD policy and can only be used in specified areas, although this will be reviewed after the smoke-free policy has been completely rolled out.

According to the policy, smoking on board a ship will be limited even when the vessel is out of service or permanently moored.

Cover image: PA.

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