Smokefree workplaces and public places

The introduction of the prohibition on smoking in all enclosed workplaces and public places in England in July 2007 is one of the most significant public health measures the country has ever seen. 

The CIEH played a major part in securing the legislation and has been working hard to ensure its effective implementation. With support from the Department of Health we undertook an extensive training programme for environmental health professionals in the enforcement of the legislation and, together with other organisations and Government bodies we have published guidance on the main elements of the legislation and on the many questions raised by the new legislation. 

We continue to provide advice and help to local authorities on the application of the legislation. 

The CIEH is a founding member of the Smokefree Action Coalition which is a group of organizations committed to reducing the harm caused by tobacco and promoting public health. 

Guidance from the CIEH and others

Implementation of smokefree legislation in England:

Updated version of The Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015 - guidance for enforcement officers and the public   June 2016
Supplementary guidance for local authority regulatory officers and businesses about the use of no-smoking signs from 1 October 2012  Oct 2012
Supplementary guidance for local authority regulatory officers on dealing with non-compliance in shisha bars  Feb 2011 
Guidance for local council regulatory officers2nd edition (NB. The first edition of the above guidance from March 2007, for reference purposes)  Jan 2008 
Associated Issues  Mar 2007 

Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

NICE provides extensive evidence based guidance on smoking and tobacco.

▼ Tobacco control 

The introduction of smokefree workplaces in England has delivered exceptional public health progress: workers in enclosed public places are now protected from secondhand smoke, and an estimated 400,000 smokers quit within the first year. Not surprisingly, research from the Department of Health has found high levels of public support and compliance. This is an outstanding achievement and shows that the conviction displayed by all of those MPs who supported this landmark change was both justified and crucial.

Smokefree workplaces, however, should not be seen as the final piece of the jigsaw. There are still challenges to be met. The prohibition of most forms of tobacco advertising, the creation of the NHS stop smoking services and the enactment of smokefree legislation represent outstanding progress and have delivered important public health benefits over recent years. However, smoking continues to kill far too many people. The Smokefree Action Coalition, a group of organisations dedicated to improving public health, including the CIEH, believes that if we are to stop tobacco taking more lives we must maintain the momentum and build on the success of smokefree workplaces.

The CIEH has fully endorsed the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control and encourages councils across the country to join those who have already signed up to it. The Declaration commits local authorities to taking concerted action to protect their communities from the harm tobacco causes.

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