Smoking ban enforcement
All indoor public places and workplaces in England are smoke free. All businesses are affected by these laws. The law was introduced to protect employees and members of the public from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.
Bracknell Forest Council, in partnership with other agencies, including Berkshire East Primary Care Trust (PCT), has formed the ‘Smoke Free Berkshire Alliance’. The Alliance is a group set up with the aim of reducing the ill-health and premature death caused every day by smoking tobacco in Berkshire.
What the law says
The smoke free legislation covers all relevant premises, vehicles and smoking shelters. It includes both a requirement not to smoke in relevant premises or vehicles and requirements to display signage. General advice is available on the GOV.UK website.
The relevant legislation is:
- Health Act 2006
- The Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006
- The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2012
- The Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015
E-cigarettes are not covered by the smoke free legislation, although many employers choose to apply the same rules in where they let people use them.
Complaints about smoke free
Initially please try contacting the person in control of the premises or vehicle. If that doesn't work please contact us.
For guidance about the law and information about no-smoking signage please visit the Smokefree England website.