No Smoking Day is full of help and advice for those who want to quit smoking, and a prompt for others to consider it. With 79,000 deaths recorded in 2015 as a result of smoking, it’s no secret how damaging smoking is to a person’s health.
To help lower the number of smokers in England, a smoking ban was implemented in 2007 for all enclosed public spaces and vehicles. Today, many establishments are taking a step further and are opting for completely smoke-free premises to create cleaner outdoor environments and help people quit smoking.
Signs play a key role in communicating the smoking policies of your premises, and informing where it is against the law to smoke. The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2012 requires that ‘at least one legible no-smoking sign must displayed in smoke-free premises’.
To help you keep in line with regulations, Stocksigns have a comprehensive range of no-smoking signs, including wall mounted, hanging and floor signs.
The 2007 No smoking legislation brought about big change for businesses, however this legislation doesn’t cover e-cigarettes/vaping. As there is currently no legal requirement to ban or restrict the use of e-cigarette smoking, businesses are taking their own stance on whether to allow employees and customers to use e-cigarettes in the workplace or while out socialising. With new concerns from health officials regarding the dangers of e-cigarettes the debate has intensified.
Southern Rail have introduced a network wide ban to prevent customers smoking e- cigarettes on their trains or stations. Southern Rail’s ban follows decisions by Govia Thameslink Railway, Transport for London, Chiltern Railways, ScotRail, South West Trains and East Midlands Trains and MPs have been banned from using them in their offices at Westminster.
The Public Health Bill proposed by the Welsh government planned to make it illegal to use electronic cigarettes in the workplace, pubs, clubs and any other public enclosed areas in order to dissuade users in the same way as the ban on tobacco. However the proposal collapsed due to a lack of support and the ban will be dropped from the future public health bill legislation.
Malta, Belgium and Spain all have similar laws in place with regards to e-cigarettes but the rest of the UK currently have no plans to introduce any bans. However, advertising has been targeted with investigations in to TV adverts being carried out and a total ban on any advertisement on social media.
For businesses wishing to prohibit e-cigarettes being used on the premises, Stocksigns has four electronic cigarettes signs available, allowing different combinations of regular no smoking and electronic cigarette permissions. These signs give visitors and staff clear instructions on your company’s policy regarding smoking.