From 1 July 2007, all enclosed public places in England became smoke-free. The total ban on smoking extends to all enclosed public areas. Smoking is still permitted in private homes and exemptions exist for places such as care institutions and hotel rooms.
Find out about smoking fines and pay a fixed penalty notice.
Reasons to go smoke-free
Secondhand smoke damages the health of both smokers and non smokers who breathe it in. It can cause acute symptoms in people with health conditions such as asthma and heart disease. Ventilation only removes the actual visible smoke and its smell but not the toxins.
Smoke-free England provides useful information for individuals and businesses on the legislation.
Who is responsible for enforcing the law?
We are responsible for enforcing the Smoke Free law and fixed penalties and maximum fines apply.
The Health Act 2006 introduced provisions for the creation of a ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces. This ban focuses on smoking:
- In places of work
- In places that the public access to obtain goods and services, including private clubs
If smoking has been observed and there are no suitable signs to warn patrons that the premises are 'smoke-free', the person in control of the premises will be served with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).
The FPN will be £200. If the fine is paid within 15 days a £50 reduction will be applied.
If the fine is not paid within 29 days the business will face prosecution.
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Pay by phone
You can pay by credit/debit card by calling 020 8871 6127.