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Welcoming a Smokefree England

Businesses Advised to Prepare for Compliance

The Public Health Minister, Caroline Flint, has launched the official 100 days countdown to smokefree England and the Government is stepping up its campaign to ensure businesses are ready for the 1st July 2007 start date, publishing new guidance on the subject.


Caroline Flint said that on 1 July 2007, all enclosed public places and workplaces will become smokefree, with the aim being to protect people from the harm of secondhand smoke at work and in public places.


The Minister urged all businesses to start preparing for compliance and said organisations should be removing all smoking rooms and putting up no-smoking signs.


Employers will be required to display the appropriate no-smoking signage in both the Workplace and in Company Vehicles.

The new law will be monitored by local authorities and Fixed Penalty fines will apply:

  • Smoking in a smoke free place £30 fixed penalty
  • Failure to display No Smoking Sign £150 fixed penalty
  • Failure to prevent smoking in a smoke free place - fine up to £2500