From 1 July 2007 all enclosed public places and workplaces must be smoke-free. This follows similar measures already in force in Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The new law means that it is unlawful to smoke in any “enclosed” or “substantially enclosed” premises or any “enclosed” vehicle used by members of the public or for work purposes by more than one person. Employers must display no-smoking signs in any premises or vehicles subject to the ban. The penalty for any employer in breach of the regulations is a fine of £2,500.

All employers must ensure that they have a no-smoking policy, with an appropriate disciplinary procedure for any breach by employees, and that their work practices comply with the new regulations. They must also inform their staff and visitors that all premises and vehicles must be smoke free and install appropriate signage