It is a legal requirement that virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England must be smoke free with the introduction of the Smoking Ban. Smoke Free England will ensure a healthier environment, so everyone can socialise, relax, travel, shop and work free from secondhand smoke.
To make a complaint with regard to breaches of the Smoke Free legislation please contact us using the details below or phone the Government's Smoke Free Compliance line on 0800 5871667 who will pass the complaint on to the relevant local authority.
Smokefree legislation will mean that virtually all enclosed public places, workplaces, public vehicles and work vehicles will become smokefree. This means:
The penalties and fines for the smokefree offences set out in the Health Act 2006 are:
Smoke Free Premises
The smoke free law applies to virtually all enclosed or substantially enclosed premises that are open to the public or used as a place of work (by more than one person or where members of the public might attend to receive or provide goods or services). This includes both permanent structures and temporary ones such as tents and marquees. A roof includes any fixed or movable structures, such as canvas awnings.
Enclosed - Premises will be considered to be enclosed if they have a ceiling or roof and, except for doors, windows or passageways, are wholly enclosed, whether on a permanent or temporary basis.
Substantially Enclosed - Premises will be considered to be substantially enclosed if they have a ceiling or roof, but have an opening in the walls, which is less than half of the total area of walls. The area of the opening does not include doors, windows or any other fittings that can be opened or shut.
Indoor smoking rooms in public places and workplaces are not allowed.
If you require further guidance on whether your premises are 'enclosed' or 'substantially enclosed' please contact Regulatory Services on 01785 619402.
The law requires vehicles to be smokefree at all times if they are used:
No. All vehicles used for public transport will be required to be smokefree at all times. This will mean that a member of the public can be sure that the public transport they use will be free from hazardous secondhand smoke at all times.
The law will require no-smoking signs to be displayed in all smokefree premises and vehicles. Signs will make it clear which premises and vehicles are smokefree and demonstrate that you are taking the necessary steps to meet the requirements of the new law.
No-smoking signs will need to be displayed in a prominent position at every public entrance to smokefree premises. These must meet the following minimum requirements:
Smokefree vehicles will need to display a no-smoking sign in each compartment of the vehicle in which people can be carried. This must show the international no smoking symbol at least 70mm in diameter.
Contact Regulatory Services on 01785 619402 for advice on no smoking policies.
There is no requirement to provide smoking shelters. If you do have an outside smoking shelter or area, you will need to be sure that it is not 'enclosed' or 'substantially enclosed' as defined by the law. (No requirement for a shelter to be a certain distance away from a wall).
Please discuss any plans for smoking shelters with the Planning department or Regulatory Services, as there may be a range of issues you need to consider. These might include planning permission, licensing, building control, noise and litter.
The legislation covers the smoking of tobacco or anything that contains tobacco, or smoking any other substance, including manufactured cigarettes, hand-rolled cigarettes, pipes and cigars.
This means that anything that is smoked is covered by smokefree law, including manufactured and hand-rolled cigarettes, pipes, cigars, herbal cigarettes and water pipes (including shisha, hookah and hubble-bubble pipes).
If you think you are ready to go smoke free there's no need to struggle alone. TimetoQuit is a free local NHS stop smoking service. Their team of friendly advisors will give you expert advice and support to help you stop smoking.
Stafford Borough Council enforces the smoke free legislation. Advice and guidance to help businesses comply with the legislation is available from Regulatory Services and regular visits will be carried out to check compliance.
The Health Act 2006 also includes powers to make non-enclosed places smokefree if there is 'significant risk that, without designation, persons present there would be exposed to significant quantities of smoke'. At present, the Government does not intend to make any non-enclosed place smokefree.
Many sports stadiums are already smokefree.
Parts of stadiums that are enclosed or substantially enclosed will be required to be smokefree.
The Smoke-free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations include exemptions for bedrooms in hotels, and for care homes, hospices and prisons. In most cases, exemptions do not apply to the entirety of premises, but to 'designated rooms', that must meet requirements specified in the regulations.