Virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces, including vehicles, are now smoke-free environments.
The legislation applies to:
- Every enclosed or substantially enclosed workplace where more than one person works, whether paid or unpaid. This will include offices, factories, shops, pubs, bars, restaurants, membership clubs
- Vehicles, including trains, vessels, aircraft and hovercraft, public transport, taxis and work vehicles that are used by more than one person
- Every enclosed or substantially enclosed public place where people are likely to be exposed to smoke.
Signs must be displayed in both premises and vehicles, which meet the following minimum standards:
- Displayed at each public entrance to the premises
- In a position that is prominently visible to persons entering the premises
- Are A5 (148mm by 210mm) in size
- Include the international red "no smoking" symbol and the words: "No smoking. It is against the law to smoke in these premises."
Vehicles used as public transport and at a workplace used by more than one person, regardless if they are not in the vehicle at the same time, will also have to be smoke-free at all times and will need to display 'no-smoking' signs.
Environmental Health Officers will always attempt to work with businesses to build compliance through education, advice and support. Where a business or individual fails to co-operate, however, Officers are authorised to issue the following penalties:
- Failure to display minimum no smoking signs: up to £1000 or a fixed penalty notice of £200
- Smoking in a no-smoking place: up to £200 or a penalty notice of £50, discounted to £30 for early payment
- Failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place: up to £2500.