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Free Smoking Policy Template

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Purpose of a Smoking Policy

A Smoking Policy outlines the framework and expectations related to smoking and the workplace. The policy aims to create a safe and healthy working environment by managing the risks associated with smoking, ensuring the well-being of employees, and minimizing potential hazards.

How to Use

This Smoking Policy template should be customised by a competent person, signed by a top-level manager (e.g. the director), and displayed in the workplace or provided by other means (e.g. website). It should also be communicated to new workers as part of their induction or onboarding process.

This document is a template only and it must be customised for your business. Other aspects that need to be considered include ensuring that:

  • Relevant legal requirements have been met,
  • Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
  • Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process.

When to Use

This document should be displayed in a prominent area or uploaded to your website/ centralized document system. You should also use it during employee inductions, and you may wish to refresh your workers on the contents of the policy periodically as part of a safety meeting or refresher training.

Who Should Use

This document should be endorsed with the signature of the appropriate top-level manager (such as a director). It can be used by your Safety Advisor, Project Manager, or other Manager/s to communicate the requirements to workers (including new workers).

Legal Considerations

Generally, under the WHS legislation, there is no specific legal requirement to have or display a Smoking Policy. However, it is best practice. It can help meet general legal duties, including:

s(19)(3)a WHS Act – Duty to Provide a Safe Working Environment

Workers also have legal responsibilities, including:

  • s(28) WHS Act – Duty of workers:
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Taking care of others
  • Following procedure
  • Following instruction


Why is a Smoking Policy implemented?

Organizations implement smoking policies to promote a healthier and safer environment for employees, customers, and visitors. These policies aim to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, encourage smoking cessation, and comply with legal regulations.

Are there any exceptions to a Smoking Policy?

Some smoking policies may have exceptions for certain situations or individuals, such as designated smoking areas, outdoor events, or specific accommodations for individuals with medical conditions.

What support is available for employees who want to quit smoking?

Smoking policies may include provisions for smoking cessation support, such as access to counseling services, nicotine replacement therapy, or educational resources to help employees quit smoking. If you’re seeking support to quit smoking, reach out to 13QUIT (13 7848).

Did you know?

Australia has been a global leader in implementing strict tobacco control measures, including some of the world’s toughest anti-smoking laws. In 2012, the Australian government introduced plain packaging laws, requiring all tobacco products to be sold in uniform, drab packaging with graphic health warnings, and without any branding. This innovative approach aimed to reduce the appeal of tobacco products, discourage smoking initiation, and promote public health.

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