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There's fire but no smoke

20 March 2007

Sheffield Forgemasters have successfully gone no smoking before the government deadline

World leading engineers Sheffield Forgemasters successfully made their HQ a no-smoking zone well in advance of the government deadline.

Employees at Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) saw areas at the Brightside Lane site, including the melting shop and forge, become smoke free from last October for the first time in the company's history. 

Company chief executive Dr Graham Honeyman spearheaded the campaign and honoured his promise to kick the habit along with many of his employees.

The company, which produces some of the largest bespoke engineered products in the world, has wholly embraced the smoking ban and worked closely with Smoke Free Sheffield on the initiative together with the backing of trade unions.

It has laid on counselling sessions and quit smoking clinics for staff with the help of Stop Smoking Service lead nurse Chantil Wood.

Graham Honeyman said: "The smoking ban was seen as a useful starting point for many and those who still smoke have reduced the amount of cigarettes they use by a significant amount as they can only smoke in designated areas during normal work-breaks." 

In February 2006, MPs voted for a total ban on smoking in enclosed workplaces, which will come into effect in July 2007. Smoke Free Sheffield is working to ensure that all organisations in the city are fully supported and able to make the necessary adjustments needed for an easy transition into a smoke free workplace.

Picture caption: Forgemasters staff stub it out. From left: Stuart Lancaster, Stan Lancaster and Graham Addenbrooke.