Smoking Policy Applies To Attached Garage?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about no-smoking rules: I inquired if the garage is off-limits to smokers, and we were told it was. I’m not sure how the company can enforce this policy if we don’t own this garage

Our company has instituted a strict no-smoking policy which includes anywhere on property, any owned, leased or rented property. The policy also clearly states that while the company is not telling employees they cannot smoke, they cannot do it on company property. My office is a satellite office and attached to it is a PUBLIC parking garage that employees at my location park at. I really want to stress that while we do park in the garage, the garage itself does not have a smoking policy, and again, my company does not rent/lease it exclusively (other businesses, as well as the general public park there) I inquired if the garage is off-limits to smokers, and we were told it was. I’m not sure how the company can enforce this policy if we don’t own this garage. Thoughts ?

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