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Norwegian companies’ smoking ban fails. Many Norwegian companies have tried to ban smoking but it has been relatively unsuccessful. Alta municipality attempted to ban smoking on municipal property but had to drop the rule after only 11 months. Several other municipalities also tried to introduce the measure, but with varying degrees of success. Aftenposten reports Levanger officials had to tone a ban down following employees complaints it breached Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Norwegian companies’ smoking ban fails

Published on Thursday, 8th December, 2011 at 09:50 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Many Norwegian companies have tried to ban smoking but it has been relatively unsuccessful.

Cigarette in ashtray
Cigarette in ashtray
Photo: © 2005 Tomasz Sienicki/Wikimedia Commons


Alta municipality attempted to ban smoking on municipal property but had to drop the rule after only 11 months. Several other municipalities also tried to introduce the measure, but with varying degrees of success.

Aftenposten reports Levanger officials had to tone a ban down following employees complaints it breached Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

“Everyone whose rights and freedoms as set forth in this Convention are violated shall have an effective remedy before a national authority notwithstanding that the violation has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity,” it states.

In other Scandinavian countries, Danish companies have been more draconian, however, ordering workers who smoke to make up time.

Copenhagen’s tax authority is asking employees to make a note of how long they spend on a smoking break. Paper Politiken reported staff protested, claiming it “crossed the line.”

Commenting on the Danes’ method, Alta municipality’s Bjørn Conrad Berg says, “Calculating how long you spend smoking has never been an issue for us. The most important is employees’ health. I think it’s a little too tough.”

Meanwhile the Swedish National Institute of Public Health claims a smoking ban at work could save municipalities 2.6 billion kroner annually.




Published on Thursday, 8th December, 2011 at 09:50 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwaysmokingban, norwayhumanrights.


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