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Smoke free

On the 1 July 2007, all enclosed and substantially enclosed public areas became smoke free by law.

Smoking cigarette

The requirement to be smoke free relates to all places to which members of the public have access this includes places of work, educational establishments, health care services, enclosed car parks, common areas in residential accommodation and private clubs. Smoke free Vehicles include buses, taxis, company cars, ferries and trains.

Smoke free legislation is not a ban on smoking, it is not about whether people smoke but about where people smoke and the purpose of the law is to protect others from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

The legislation covers anything that is smoked including cigarettes, pipes, cigars, herbal cigarettes and water pipes (including shisha, hookah and hubble bubble).

The law enacted the following powers and offences that London Borough of Hillingdon officers can enforce under the Health Act 2006.

  • The offence of permitting others to smoke in a smoke free premises.
  • The offence of smoking in a smoke free premises.
  • The offence of failing to display no smoking warning notices in smoke free premises.
  • The offence of failing, without reasonable cause, to give ones name and address on request by an enforcement officer.
  • It sets out the powers of enforcement officers to enter smoke free premises.
  • Officers can issue fixed penalty notices to any person who is committing, or has committed an offence.

Smoking shelters

There is no need for businesses to provide smoking shelters, however if they choose to build a shelter it is likely that appropriate planning permission will be required. Smoking shelters must be permanently substantially open, this means the shelter must have mainly open sides so that smoke is not trapped.  

Smoking in Cars

From the 1 October 2015 a new law was introduced making it illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicle) with anyone that is under the age of 18. The law protecting children and young people from the dangers of second hand smoke brought in 2 offences, of smoking in a vehicle with a person that is under 18 and for the driver that is not stopping somebody smoking in the vehicle when there is a person under 18. Enforcement officers (usually the police) can issue a fixed penalty notice of £50 for each offences. The Department of Health have issued guidance on the changes to the law Rules about tobacco, e-cigarettes and smoking: 1 October 2015.

Quitting smoking 

Hillingdon Council provide a free evidence based service which provides expert advice, information and most importantly support people who want help to stop smoking.

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