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A quick guide to the smokefree law

smokefreeThe smoking laws were introduced to protect employees and the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

The key points are:

It is now against the law to smoke in virtually all enclosed and substantially enclosed public places and workplaces.

  • Public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person also need to be smokefree.
  • No-smoking signs should be displayed in all smokefree premises and vehicles.
  • Staff smoking rooms and indoor smoking areas are not allowed, so anyone who wants to smoke has to go outside.
  • Managers of smokefree premises and vehicles now have legal responsibilities to prevent people from smoking.
  • If you are uncertain where you can or can't smoke, just look for the no-smoking signs or ask someone in charge.

Penalties and fines for breaking the smokefree law

If you don't comply with the smokefree law, you will be committing a criminal offence. The fixed penalty notices and maximum fine for each offence are:
  • Smoking in smokefree premises or work vehicles: a fixed penalty notice of £50 (reduced to £30 if paid in 15 days) imposed on the person smoking. Or a maximum fine of £200 if prosecuted and convicted by a court.
  • Failure to display no-smoking signs: a fixed penalty notice of £200 (reduced to £150 if paid in 15 days) imposed on whoever manages or occupies the smokefree premises or vehicle. Or a maximum fine of £1000 if prosecuted and convicted by a court.
  • Failing to prevent smoking in a smokefree place: a maximum fine of £2500 imposed on whoever manages or controls the smokefree premises or vehicle if prosecuted and convicted by a court. There is no fixed penalty notice for this offence.

Local councils are responsible for enforcing the new law in England. A telephone line - 0800 587 1667 - is in operation to enable members of the public to report possible breaches of the law.

 

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Last Updated: 5/20/2013

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