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On July 1st 2007 England introduced a new
legislation to make virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England Smokefree.  The Health Act 2006 has been introduced to protect employees and the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.


This is seen as the biggest public health change for 50 years and is supported by local councils, NHS and the Department of Health across the country.

 

Background

  • Public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person must be smokefree at all times.
  • On July 1st 2007, the smokefree law was introduced.  It is now against the law to smoke in virtually all 'enclosed' public places and workplaces.
  • Public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person must be smokefree at all times.
  • No-smoking signs must be displayed in all smokefree premises and vehicles.
  • Staff smoking rooms and indoor smoking areas are no longer allowed, so anyone who wants so smoke has to go outside.
  • Managers of smokefree premises and vehicles have legal responsibilities to prevent people from smoking.
  • If you are uncertain where you can or can’t smoke, just look for the no-smoking signs or ask someone in charge.

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Penalties and fines for breaking the smokefree law

Bedford Borough Council is responsible for enforcing the law in the Borough.  If you don’t comply with the smokefree law, you will be committing a criminal offence.  The fixed penalty notices and maximum fine for each offence are:

 

  • Smoking in a smokefree premises or work vehicles: a fixed penalty notice of £50 (reduced to £30 if paid within 15 days) imposed on the person smoking, or a maximum fine of £200 if prosecuted and convicted in a Court.
  • Failure to display no-smoking signs:  a fixed penalty notice of £200 (reduced to £150 if paid in 15 days) imposed on whoever manages or occupies the premises or vehicle, or a maximum fine of £1000 if prosecuted and convicted by a court.
  • Failing to prevent smoking in a smokefree place:  a maximum fine of £2500 imposed on whoever manages or controls the smokefree premises or vehicle if prosecuted and convicted by a court.  There is no fixed penalty notice for this offence.

 

More detailed information and guidance, including definitions of 'enclosed' and 'substantially enclosed' and downloadable guidance can be found on the Smokefree England website


What can I do if I see someone smoking in a smokefree place or vehicle?

If you see someone smoking in a smokefree place or vehicle, please contact us on 01234 718099 or by e-mailing ehadmin@bedford.gov.uk


I would like to give up smoking, where can I get some help?
If you would like help and advice on how to quit smoking, further information can be found on the NHS smokefree website http://smokefree.nhs.uk/ or by calling 0800 022 4332.

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