Smokefree legislation

It is against the law to smoke in virtually all 'enclosed' and 'substantially enclosed' public places and workplaces.  The smokefree law was introduced to protect employees and the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

Report illegal smoking

If you are aware of a premises where smoking is being permitted illegally then please contact the Environmental Health Customer & Technical Support Team on 01483 523393 or

More about the smokefree legislation

It is an offence to:

  • smoke in a smokefree place or vehicle;
  • not display appropriate no smoking signage in a smokefree place or vehicle;
  • allow smoking in a smokefree place or vehicle.

What is an enclosed and substantially enclosed premise

Premises are considered substantially enclosed if they have a ceiling or roof, but have an opening in the walls, which is less than half the total area of the walls. 

Help and advice on giving up smoking

Page owner: Paul Shrimpton. Last updated: 06/12/2018 11:06

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