Smokefree places

Regulation Description
United Kingdom
Children and Families Act 2014
(External Web Page)
This Act enables the Government to implement regulations to prohibit smoking in vehicles when children are present.
UK Scotland – Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005
(External Web Page)
Scotland was the first country in the UK to implement a legal ban on smoking in the workplace in March 2006.
The Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006
(External Web Page)
The law applies to most indoor workplaces and public places, with limited exceptions, such as prisons and designated rooms in residential care homes. These are set out in the regulations.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
The Health Act 2006
(External PDF)
The Health Act received Royal Assent in July 2006 and entered into force in April 2007 in Wales and Northern Ireland, and in July 2007 in England. As in Scotland, the law covers virtually all indoor workplaces with very limited exemptions for workplaces that are also places of residence.It makes provision for the prohibition of smoking in certain premises, places and vehicles and for amending the minimum age of persons to whom tobacco may be sold. 19th July 2006.
Smokefree England
(External Web Page)
Various regulations covering the implementation and enforcement of the smokefree law in England.
European Union
Commission proposal for a Council recommendation on smoke-free environments (COM(2009)0328)
(External Web Page)
The purpose of this Recommendation is to assist and encourage national governments to better protect citizens from the risks of tobacco smoke, in line with international commitments under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
There is currently no EU-wide legislation that bans smoking in workplaces or other public places. A proposal has been issued by the European Commission outlining various options ranging from a Council Recommendation to comprehensive legislation.
ASH submission to EU Green Paper (pdf)
Response to the European Commission’s Green Paper: ‘Towards a Europe free from tobacco smoke: policy options at EU level’.
Green Paper towards a Europe free from Tobacco smoke
(External PDF)
The aim of the present Green Paper is to launch a broad consultation process and an open public debate, involving the EU institutions, Member States and the civil society, on the best way forward to tackle passive smoking in the EU.
Global Smokefree Partnership
(External Web Page)
Resources include a world map of smokefree policies
International Law Guide Further information from ASH on International Law

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