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More amusement from the Land Of The Smoking Ban...

Smoking is not permitted on any BBC production location. If an area outside the location is used for smoking, then the individual must ensure that they can dispose of any smoking materials correctly.

Where the filming script requires an actor / presenter / contributor to smoke, the following, broad guidelines, should be observed:

If the programme is contemporary it should observe the law, as laid out in the Act, or if investigative or journalistic, should be highlighting or testing an element of the law
If the programme is period or retrospective, all best efforts should be made to ensure that the actor / presenter / contributor and those others involved in the production are not exposed to the smoke for a prolonged period of time.

Is it just me, or does that seem...slightly naive? Heh. No smoking on TV production locations, indeed! And what happens if you want to have a contemporary programme where someone is *gasp* breaking the smoking law? Ah well...I'm sure we'll find out when the next series of Chewin' The Fat or Still Game comes on. I suspect these rules will apply to film sets, too, which'll be another big boost to Scottish Screen.

From 0600 on 26 March 2006 staff, contributors and visitors will not be allowed to smoke within Broadcasting House, Glasgow.

The smoke room on within the Food Court will be closed on this date.
Smoking will also be prohibited at the front of the building or at any entrance that provides an access to the buildings.
A shelter will be erected soon in the designated area situated across from Old Reception. This is the only place where smoking is permitted on site.

*the hollow laughing*
The Old Reception is at least five minutes' walk from most places in the building, certainly from our department. (Yes, it's a big building, or series of connected buildings. I don't know my way around most of it.) This is going to have *such* a great effect on productivity. But there is a residential street on the other side of the, er, street, from the New Reception (much nearer us, and aren't they imaginative with the names?) so I'm unconvinced they're allowed to stop people smoking there. They can probably move them 20 feet from the building, or something, and tell them they have to hide their ID cards, but that'll be about it.

The timing strikes me as particularly harsh, too, starting it this Sunday. I know it's the start of British Summer Time which they must have thought would be a nice round place to start, all these people who don't work Sundays. What they've failed to consider is that there are going to be thousands of people that are working on Sunday, and are a) hungover, probably and b) knackered through losing an hour's sleep and having their body clock screwed up, and now they have to remember to go and find somewhere hidden in some bushes to have a cigarette.

Incidentally, since I've seen so many people being lambasted as 'selfish smokers who just don't care if everyone around them drops dead' if they dare to say anything negative about the ban, I should point out that I don't smoke at work, never have, so these rules don't affect me at all. And I still think they're naive and counterproductive.


( 7 comments — Comment )
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
So does this mean no new series of The Smoking Room? ;-)
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
Heh - they'll have to move it, anyway :) The Designated Smoking Place Across The Road From The Building doesn't have quite the same ring to it...
Mar. 22nd, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
When the LEA banned smoking in Schools and Colleges I made my office a smoking area! (I did create a staff smoking room as well)
Mar. 22nd, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Heh, they're not even allowed to do that these days...
Mar. 22nd, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
I have this feeling that me getting up and singing Cry Me A River doesn't help the debate. :)
Mar. 22nd, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
You'll be pleased to know the disclaimery bit at the end was just for you!

(But feel free to get up and sing, I encourage that :))
Mar. 30th, 2006 10:26 am (UTC)
The smoking ban has been in place here (Ireland) for some time and people have gotten over the initial rumblings of discontent. Pubs and clubs have not closed down, jobs have not been lost, and hey, both customers and staff can breath and even see one another in licenced premises.
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