Help for Smokers
Conference backed propositions from Birmingham and Middlesborough Clerical branches to help smokers following BT's ban of smoking on its premises.
Pete Eccleston of Birmingham said that "the company is imposing conditions on 'addicts' but is offering little support," and instructed the executive to negotiate with BT for free of charge support, such as patches.
"We all know that smoking is bad for your health. Maybe we don't appreciate how difficult it can be to kick the habit. Since legislation and BT's no smoking policy, I've known of several members who have attempted to give up, but, sadly, have failed," said the Birmingham rep.
"Maybe if BT had paid for medications such as Nicoret gum, nasal spray, patches or tablets, which are expensive to purchase, they would have had success.
"At the end of the day those individuals are an asset to BT."
Middlesborough Clerical asked for the executive to ensure that BT provides ongoing support for those "struggling with the impact" of the decision to close all smoking rooms in the company, as of 26 March 2006.