- Category: Environmental health
- Last Updated: 10 October 2016
The smoke-free provisions of the Health Act 2006 came into force on 1 July 2007.
Virtually all workplaces and substantially enclosed public areas in England are smoke-free by law. This includes offices, factories, shops, pubs, bars, restaurants, membership clubs, public transport and work vehicles that are used by more than one person. The law meant that indoor workplace smoking rooms disappeared, anyone wanting to smoke has to go outside instead.
All smoke-free premises and vehicles are required to display no smoking signs. Those who do not comply with the law will be liable to a fine or prosecution for:
- smoking in a smoke-free place;
- failing to display a no smoking sign;
- allowing smoking in a smoke-free place or vehicle.
The Department of Health produced comprehensive guidance detailing all elements of the legislation, making clear to employees/employers what they need to do to ensure they are compliant.
Information is available for businesses, pubs, working men's clubs, restaurants, cafes and other food businesses, taxis and mini cabs, private hire cars, residential homes and hospices, hair salons and barbers. There is also a factsheet for the general public outlining what they can expect in regard to smoking in workplaces and enclosed public places. The factsheets are available from Smoke Free England.
To register your business to obtain a copy of the guidance and supporting material and signs you can visit Smoke Free England .
The NHS can work with businesses that would like to support their employees who want to give up smoking and offers the following free quitting services:
- Visit NHS Choices online for help and advice
- Ask at your local GP practice, pharmacy or hospital.
For further information and advice email Health and Environment or telephone 01653 600666.