Smoke Free Places and Vehicles
Since 1 October 2015 it has been illegal to smoke in a car, or other vehicle, with anyone under 18. This is to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke. This offence is dealt with by the Police. Both the driver and smoker could be fined £50.
Smoke free premises and vehicles - Health Act 2006
Virtually all indoor public places and workplaces, including work vehicles are smoke-free.
What does the law mean?
It is an offence to smoke in smoke-free premises or permit others to do so. It is also an offence to fail to display warning signs in smoke-free premises.
Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed or 'substantially enclosed' public places and workplaces.
A 'substantially enclosed' premises is if they have a ceiling or roof with openings in the walls which are less than half of the total area of the walls.
Is my premises or vehicle affected?
The smoke-free legislation affects all public premises, such as pubs, clubs, restaurants etc or if a premises is being used as a place of work or used wholly or mainly to provide education, health or care services.
All public transport vehicles are affected, including taxis.
Vehicles that are used as a workplace by more than one person, regardless of whether they are in the vehicle at the same time, is required to be smoke-free at all times to protect workers who use the same vehicle from second-hand smoke.
- private dwellings
- residential premises
- designated smoking rooms in adult care homes, hotels, hostels and bed & breakfast accommodation
- Smoking in a smoke-free place could lead to a fine of £200 - with a fixed penalty option of £50
- Failure to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place can result in a fine of up to £2,500
- Signage offences can incur a fine of £1,000 with a fixed penalty option of £200