A Quick Guide to the New Smokefree Law
and the signs required
- England will become Smokefree at 6am on Sunday 1st July 2007
The new law is being introduced to protect employees and the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
- From 1st July 2007 it will be against the law to smoke in virtually all enclosed public places, workplaces and public and work vehicles. These include pubs, clubs, bars, cafes, shops, offices and factories. There will be very few exemptions from the law.
- Indoor smoking rooms in virtually all public places and workplaces will no longer be allowed.
- Managers of smokefree premises and vehicles will have legal responsibilities to prevent people from smoking.
- The new law will require no-smoking signs to be displayed in all smokefree premises and vehicles.
- Failure to comply with the new law will be a criminal offence. There are penalties and fines for smokefree offences.
Failure to display no-smoking signs: A fixed penalty notice of £200 imposed on whoever manages or occupies the smokefree premises or vehicle. Or a maximum of £1000 if prosecuted and convicted by a court.
- Local councils will be responsible for enforcing the new law. They will offer information and support to help businesses meet their legal obligations under the new law.
What are the required signs for smokefree premises ?
From Sunday, 1st July, no-smoking signs will need to be displayed
in a prominent position at every entrance to smokefree premises.
Signs must meet the following requirements.
- Be a minimum of A5 in area (210 x 148 mm)
- Display the international no-smoking symbol, at least 70 mm in diameter.
- Carry the following words, in characters that can be easily read:
‘ No smoking. It is against the law to smoke in these premises.’
You are also free to personalize your signs by changing the words ‘these premises’ to refer to the name or type of premises - such as ‘this gym’, ‘this salon’ or ‘this restaurant’ etc.
A smaller sign consisting of the international no-smoking symbol at least 70 mm in diameter may instead be displayed at entrances to smokefree premises that:
- Are only used by members of staff - providing the premises displays at least one A5 area sign
- Are located within larger smokefree premises, such as a shop within an indoor shopping centre
Smokefree vehicles will need to display a no-smoking sign in each compartment of the vehicle in which people can be carried.
- This must show the international no-smoking symbol at least 70 mm in diameter.
- This includes vehicles used in the course of paid or voluntary work by more than one person - regardless of whether they are in the vehicle at the same time.
The following signs meet or exceed the minimum legal requirements
and are available to buy online from our secure web store.