Decision details

Decision details

Update of the Oxford City Council Smoke and Vape Free Policy

Decision Maker: Executive Director (Corporate Resources)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This decision was delegated to officers under Part 4.4 of the Council’s Constitution: all executive functions except those in Part 4.5, 4.6 and 4.7 are delegated to the officers in the senior management structure.


To review and update the Council’s Smoke and Vape Free Policy (formerly ‘The Right to Work in a Smoke Free Atmosphere’).

Reasons for the decision:

The policy on the right to work in a smoke free atmosphere was last reviewed in 2014.  The current review makes the following updates:

1)      A new format in line with latest policy documents

2)      A change in title from ‘The Right to Work in a Smoke Free Atmosphere’ to ‘The Smoke and Vape Free Policy’

3)      Clarity that smoking and vaping is not permitted on OCC sites, including: council vehicles; customer homes; working in the community with public or service users; and during online video meetings.


The decision meets the Council’s commitment as part of Oxfordshire Tobacco Control Alliance to make our work premises smoke-free and to support smokers to quit.  It also meets the aim to provide and promote a healthy work environment and brings the policy in line with latest terminology (vaping vs e-cigarettes).

Alternative options considered:

Not to update the policy.  This option was rejected as it would not enable the policy to remain current and up to date.

Signed off by senior officers:

Decision taken by Tom Hook, Executive Director (Corporate Resources).

Publication date: 12/02/2024

Date of decision: 24/01/2024

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