Smoking at work: the law


Smoking is not allowed in any enclosed workplace, public building or on public transport in the UK.

Penalty for smoking in the workplace

Workers can be fined up to £50.

What businesses must do

Businesses must:

  • make sure people don’t smoke in enclosed work premises or shared vehicles
  • display ‘no smoking’ signs in all workplaces and vehicles

Fines and penalties

There is a fixed penalty fine of £200. If fine is not paid, it goes up to £2,500.

Driving for a living

Smoking is not allowed in any work vehicle that more than one person uses, like:

  • taxis
  • buses
  • vans
  • goods vehicles used by more than one driver
  • company cars used by more than one employee

Workers can smoke in a company car that only they use (if the employer agrees).

Residential care homes

Residential care homes and hospices can offer individual smoking rooms - for residents only.

The room must be well ventilated and smoke must not get into other rooms.


Last updated: 31 January 2014