Introduced by the Health Act 2006, the smoking ban in England comes into effect on 1st July 2007. From that date forward, smoking will not be permitted in premises open to the public or if they are used as a place of work by more than one person, even if not more than one person is present at any time.

Only those parts of the premises which are enclosed or substantially enclosed (defined by regulations as having a roof or ceiling and wall openings of less than half the total area) are affected by the ban and offences are committed both by the smoker and the premises manager who permits smoking. Regulations may allow performers to smoke if the integrity of the performance demands it on a case by case basis.

Time will tell what effect the ban will have on the leisure industry but evidence from countries which already have a ban in force is that a good food offering and/or a comfortable unenclosed area minimise the adverse effects in the short term.