Regulations made under the Health Act 2006 came into effect at 6.00am on 1 July 2007. The new laws created the need for a 'smoke free' environment in Public areas and where anyone is at work in an enclosed or substantially enclosed workspace and this includes virtually all enclosed places of work including vehicles. They also required signage at all entrances to enclosed and substantially enclosed areas including businesses that were already smoke free before this date.
The regulations introduced fixed penalty notices for those who smoke in smoke free areas, those who fail to display no smoking signs and fines for those who allow smoking in smoke free areas. There are only very limited exemptions to the need to ensure that enclosed areas are smoke free. The law does not apply to your home, designated hotel rooms, residential or nursing home rooms or non enclosed workplaces. Many businesses went smoke free before these new laws came into effect and many have extend it to all of their premises including outside areas on a voluntary basis.
There is no prescribed format for the new signage, however, the existing prescribed signs provided under the old regulations will comply with the new requirements. However where the no smoking sign is required for health and safety reasons (because your risk assessment has indicated that smoking should be prohibited such as in animal contact environments at visitor attractions or where there is risk of fire because of flamable materials) the prohibition sign must conform with the Safety Sign and Signals Regulations 1996 and consist on a round no-smoking symbol (black cigarette on white background with red edging and diagonal line).
The Act also changed the minimum age for purchasing tobacco to 18 on 1 October 2007.
The Government's objectives through delivering smoke-free legislation were to:
To help plan for the new laws the Council contacted every premises in the area (those listed as paying non domestic rates) to advised them to prepare for these changes and where to get more advice. We also wrote to all licensed taxi and private hire operators operating in the area.
Smoke Free Surrey
Smoke Free Surrey is an alliance of all the Surrey Local Authorities and the Surrey Primary Care Trust, who worked together to promote Surrey NHS Stop Smoking Services and coordinate the introduction of smoke free laws in Surrey.
Information on Smoke free Surrey can be accessed at Smoke Free Surrey (This link will open in a new window)
Local help for those who want to stop smoking
For those who want to stop smoking you can get advice from the following national website Giving up smoking (This link will open in a new window)
You can also contact the Surrey NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0845 602 3608 or visit their website at Surrey Stop Smoking Service (This link will open in a new window)
You can also find your local NHS Stop Smoking Service by:
The local no smoking service promotes four ways to stop smoking:
People can seek help, support, encouragement from a chemist by ringing the local participating chemist directly to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.
There are two in Tandridge:
Drop in clinic
People can seek help, support, encouragement from The Drop-In Clinic. It is run by an experienced Stop Smoking adviser and people can visit as often as they wish at The Drop-In Clinic Redhill Help Shop, Cromwell Road, Redhill. On Wednesdays 12 noon-1.30pm. Parking in the Belfry Car Park. No appointments necessary, just go along. One-to-one counselling.
People can seek help, support and encouragement by attending a stop smoking group. These meet weekly in the evening for six weeks and people are given advice on the best stop smoking aid to help them. Ring 0845 222 0239 to find your nearest group.
Tandridge as an employer
The Council adopted a smoke free workplace policy in October 2006.
Help with compliance
The Department of Health sent packs containing four of the statutory signs to every registered business
You do not have to provide a smoking shelter, but if you decide to we have prepared the following general advice:
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