The 1st July 2007 saw the implementation of a total smoking ban in al enclosed public places, work places and certain vehicles in the UK. THe smoke free legislation means that it is an offence not to display the appropriate No Smoking signs, resulting in fines up to £1000. It will also be an ofence for managers of smoke free premises to permit others to smoke with the premises, carrying a fine of up to £2500.
For England, the Smoke-free regulations 2007 require premises covered by the legislation display a sign which is at least A5 in sie, which displays the no smoking symbol and contains text that can be easily read by people entering the building. The text should read (In England and Northern Ireland) “No Smoking, These are no smoking premises. It is agains the law yo smoke in these premises.”
In SCotland the text is slightly different, “No Smoking, These are no smoking premises. It is an offence to smoke or knowingly to permit smoking on these premises.”
“These premises” maybe replaced by a more specific word such as ‘hotel’. Any vehicle which is covered by the regulations must display a no smoking symbol in each compartment of the vehicle that may carry persons.