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Smoking at work: the law

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GOV.UK

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.

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Last updated: 31 January 2014