What is the law about smoking?
The legislation which prohibits smoking in enclosed workplaces and public places is Part 1 of the Health Act 2006. Schedules 1 and 2 to the Act contain the powers of authorised officers and the details of the fixed penalty notices.
The specific requirements are contained in several separate sets of regulations:
- The Smokefree (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations set out what is meant by enclosed and substantially enclosed and the bodies responsible for enforcing smokefree legislation.
- The Smokefree (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations set out the exemptions to smokefree legislation, and specifies vehicles required to be smokefree.
- The Smokefree (Penalties and Discounted Amounts) Regulations set out the levels of penalties for offences under smokefree legislation.
- The Smokefree (Vehicle Operators and Penalty Notices) Regulations set out the responsibility on vehicle operators to prevent smoking in smokefree vehicles and the form for fixed penalty notices.
- The Smokefree (Signs) Regulations set out the requirement for no-smoking signs required under smokefree legislation.
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