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Smoke free workplace


Virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England are smoke free. A smoke free England will ensure a healthier environment, so everyone can socialise, relax, travel, shop and work free from secondhand smoke.

There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals in the form of particles and gases - some of these chemicals are dangerous poisons. Secondhand smoke is bad for health - it is known to cause cancer as well as many other serious health problems. Just thirty minutes exposure is enough to reduce coronary blood flow.

Virtually all enclosed and substantially enclosed public places and workplaces are smoke free.

  • Public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person will also need to be smoke free.
  • No-smoking signs will have to be displayed in all smoke free premises and vehicles.
  • Staff smoking rooms and indoor smoking areas will no longer be allowed, so anyone who wants to smoke will have to go outside.
  • Managers of smoke free premises and vehicles will 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 smoke free law

If you don't comply with the smoke free law, you will be committing a criminal offence. The fixed penalty notices and maximum fine for each offence are:

  • Smoking in smoke free 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 smoke free premises or vehicle. Or a maximum fine of £1000 if prosecuted and convicted by a court
  • Failing to prevent smoking in a smoke free place: a maximum fine of £2500 imposed on whoever manages or controls the smoke free premises or vehicle if prosecuted and convicted by a court. There is no fixed penalty notice for this offence.
Smoke Free England NHS - Giving up smoking