What are the fines if you are caught breaking the no-smoking law?

Anyone who does not comply with the smokefree law will be committing a criminal offence. The fixed penalty notice and maximum fine for each offence are set out below.

The penalties and fines for the smokefree offences set out in the Health Act 2006 are:

  • smoking in a smokefree premises or vehicle - a fixed penalty notice of £50 (discounted to £30 if paid within 15 days from the issue fo a notice) or a fine by a court not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale (up to £200)
  • failure to display no-smoking signs in smokefree premises and vehicles as required by the new law - a fixed penalty notice of £200 (discounted to £150 if paid within 15 days from the issue of a notice) or a fine by a court not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (up to £1000)
  • Failure to prevent smoking in a smokefree premises or vehicle - a fine by a court not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale (up to £2500)
Offences and fines
 Offence  Who is liable Fixed penalty notice (if paid in 15 days)  Fixed penalty notice (if paid in 29 days)   Court awarded fine
 Smoking in a smokefree place Anyone who smokes in a smokefree place  £30  £50  Up to £200 
 Failing to display required no-smoking signs  Anyone who manages or occupies the smokefree premises or vehicle  £150 £200  Up to £1000 
 Failing to prevent smoking in a smokefree premises or vehicle   Anyone who manages or controls the smokefree premises or vehicle   N/A N/A  Up to £2500 

 

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