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Cigarette Smoke

Fumes from cigarette smoke contain thousands of chemicals that cause air pollution, some of them are extremely harmful to health. Non-smokers who live with people who smoke, particularly the elderly and young children, may suffer harmful effects from second-hand smoke.

It is illegal to smoke in enclosed public places, workplaces and vehicles in any part of the UK. Pubs, restaurants, bars, shops, cinemas, shopping centres, leisure centres, public transport and enclosed workplaces are all designated smoke-free places, where no-smoking signs must be displayed.

Scotland was the first nation in the UK to enact a smoking ban in enclosed public places. A similar ban came into force in Wales on April 2 2007 and in Northern Ireland on April 30 2007. England followed suit on July 1 2007. The relevant regulations in the various UK nations are listed below.

Legislation


England


Regulations

The Health Act 2006

The Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006

The Smoke-free (Penalties and Discounted Amounts) Regulations 2007

The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2007

The Smoke-free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations 2007

Penalties

  • Failure to prevent smoking in a smoke-free area: up to £2,500 on summary conviction
  • Smoking in a smoke-free area: £50 fixed fine or £200 on summary conviction
  • Failure to display no-smoking sign: £200 fixed fine or up to £1,000 on summary conviction

Official guidance on English smoking law and signs to download at the NHS site, Smokefree England


Wales


Regulations

The Health Act 2006

The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) Regulations 2007

The Smoke-free (Penalties and Discounted Amounts) Regulations 2007

Penalties

  • Failure to prevent smoking in a smoke-free area: up to £2,500 on summary conviction
  • Smoking in a smoke-free area: £50 fixed fine or £200 on summary conviction
  • Failure to display no-smoking sign: £200 fixed fine or up to £1,000 on summary conviction


Northern Ireland


Regulations

The Smoke-free (Premises, Vehicle Operators and Penalty Notices) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

The Smoke-Free (Signs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

The Smoke-free (Exemptions, Vehicles, Penalties and Discounted Amounts) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

Penalties

  • Failure to prevent smoking in a smoke-free area: up to £2,500 on summary conviction
  • Smoking in a smoke-free area: £50 fixed fine or £200 on summary conviction
  • Failure to display no-smoking sign: £200 fixed fine or up to £1,000 on summary conviction


Scotland


Regulations

The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005

The Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006

Penalties

  • Smoking in an enclosed public area: On-the-spot warning or £50 fixed fine. Refusal or failure to pay may result in prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.
  • Failure to prevent smoking in a non-smoking area or display non-smoking signs: £200 (fixed fine) or up to £2,500 in cases where there has been a refusal or failure to pay

Official guidance and signs to download at the Scottish Executive website, Clearing the Air

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