Vice Squad
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
No Smoking During Police Work Breaks

Right now employees of the Lincoln, Nebraska police department are allowed to smoke or chew tobacco during their paid 15-minute work breaks, of which they have two per shift. Come May 1, however, this privilege will be history. Here's an excerpt from this story in the Yankton Press and Dakotan:
Police Chief Tom Casady said he changed the smoking policy because of complaints from non-smoking employees about excessive smoke breaks by some co-workers and cups of spittle left sitting around by tobacco chewers. Casady also noted the negative public perception of officers smoking or chewing tobacco.

"It doesn't look good in general to see police officers standing around on the veranda having a smoke," he said.
With anti-obesity and anti-Starbucks feeling growing, coffee and doughnut consumption might be next.

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