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Inverness Airport Fire Station

Inverness Airport is the largest of 10 airports serving the north of Scotland by Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd and is a gateway for Scottish business. Its airport fire station has 31 staff and went smoke-free in February 2005.

Smoking was initially banned from the crew room 10 years ago but other areas were still used for smoking. When the station applied for the Scottish Health at Work (SHAW) initiative it was declared completely smoke-free with almost no objections from staff.

Inverness Airport Fire Station

Since the partial ban began 10 years ago, the number of smokers amongst the staff has reduced dramatically, and smoke free status has persuaded even more fire-fighters to kick the habit.

Station sub-officer John Rowley says that staff have been very positive about the change and have remarked that the air quality and general level of cleanliness in the station has improved.

The no smoking policy is demonstrated with signs displayed at all of the station's entrances. In addition, new recruits are advised at interview and contractors are informed of the policy at the tender stage of projects.

Mr Rowley has this advice for anyone who is worried about introducing a smoke-free policy: 'You should consult your staff about the no smoking issue. It is easier to implement a no smoking policy than you think.'

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