Best Way To Respond To Hearing About Smoking?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about smoking:

I am due to attend a disciplinary interview shortly, over smoking in a non-designated area. The facts are: I was going home at the end of my shift heading towards the exit which is a turnstile into the car park when I absentmindedly lit a cigarette. I was approximately twenty feet and less than 30 seconds from exiting this non- designated smoking area when a member of the management team saw me smoking and hence disciplinary action has ensued. I fully understand that smoking in a non- designated area is regarded as a serious breach but can I use in mitigation that it was a lapse as I was going home and would have been in the car park in a few moments? I am prepared to accept some censure short of sacking.

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