Official guide to the smokefree law
The official 'Everything you need' guide to the new smokefree law is available to download below. This is the official Government guidance and explains everything businesses and organisations need to know about the new smokefree law. This booklet was also included in the full guidance pack mailed to businesses back in April.
Please note the more accessible PDF requires the latest version of Adobe Reader. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader here (new window)
The 'Everything you need' guidance is also available in the following languages:
|Arabic (PDF, 998KB)||Polish (PDF, 988KB)|
|Bengali (PDF, 1,1MB)||Punjabi (PDF, 1MB) |
|Classical Chinese (PDF, 1,3MB) ||Turkish (PDF,1MB)|
|Gujurati (PDF, 1MB) ||Urdu (PDF, 3,3MB) |
Handy guide for businesses
In addition, the government has also produced a leaflet to explain what the law means to businesses.
Guidance for people visiting clients in their homes
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has developed guidance specifically for people who visit clients in their homes:
Smokefree leaflet for individuals
The Government has created information leaflets to explain how the new smokefree law affects individuals. You may want to share these with your staff, customers and visitors.
The individuals leaflet is also available in the following translated versions and formats below:
|Albanian (PDF, 647KB)||Latvian (PDF, 671KB) |
|Arabic (PDF, 711KB)||Pashto (PDF, 1,5MB) |
|Belarusian (PDF, 673KB) ||Polish (PDF, 669KB) |
|Chinese (Cantonese) (PDF, 939KB) ||Portuguese (PDF, 663KB) |
|Chinese (Mandarin) (PDF, 906KB) ||Romanian (PDF, 667KB) |
|Czech (PDF, 670KB)||Russian (PDF, 671KB) |
|Estonian (PDF, 666KB) ||Slovakian (PDF, 668KB) |
|Farsi (PDF, 1,6MB)||Somali (PDF, 663KB) |
|French (PDF, 671KB) ||Spanish (PDF, 663KB) |
|Greek (PDF, 673KB) ||Turkish (PDF, 666KB) |
|Kurdish (Kurmanji) (PDF, 1,3MB) ||Ukranian (PDF, 678KB) |
|Kurdish (Sorani) (PDF, 1,8MB)||Vietnamese (PDF, 664KB) |
All smokefree premises and vehicles need to display no-smoking signs that meet the requirements of the law. No-smoking signs make it clear which premises and vehicles are smokefree and demonstrate that you are taking the necessary steps to meet the requirements of the new smokefree law. For further details see the guidance documents above. You can download and print compliant no-smoking signs below.
NB: It is possible that your printer may automatically resize the following images. Make sure that your 'page scaling' printer setting is set to 'none' and check that the printed format meets the criteria.
The international no-smoking symbol in both signs must be at least 70mm in diameter. This symbol consists solely of a graphic representation of a single burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a red bar across it.
Smokefree premises sign must be at least A5 in area (210mm x 148mm).
The smaller 'symbol only' sign, which consists of the international no-smoking symbol at least 70mm in diameter may instead be displayed at entrances to smokefree premises that are:
You are free to design and print your own no-smoking signs as long as they meet the minimum requirements. These can be personalised by changing the words 'these premises' to refer to the name or type of premises. Some examples can be downloaded below:
'in communal parts of this building' A5 no-smoking sign (PDF, 48KB)
'in this bus shelter' A5 no-smoking sign (PDF, 50KB)
'in this cafe' A5 no-smoking sign (PDF, 50KB)
'in this doorway' A5 no-smoking sign (PDF, 50KB)
'in this hotel' A5 no-smoking sign (PDF, 50KB)
'in this pub' A5 no-smoking sign (PDF, 50KB)
The following bilingual versions of the smokefree premises signs are also available:
|Arabic (PDF, 453KB)||Polish (PDF, 443KB)|
|Bengali (PDF, 442KB)||Punjabi (PDF, 444KB)|
|Classical Chinese (PDF, 502KB)||Turkish (PDF, 443KB)|
|Gujurati (PDF, 444KB)||Urdu (PDF, 465KB)|
The materials below were developed to assist businesses and organisations to prepare for the new law and ensure compliance post July 1st.
Businesses may wish to introduce a smokefree policy to ensure that employees are aware of the new law and that they now work in a smokefree environment. It will also advise them on what they should be doing to comply with the new law.
Anyone in charge of smokefree premises and vehicles needs to be prepared to take action if someone smokes in an enclosed or substantially enclosed area. This flowchart suggests reasonable steps that could be taken to deal with smoking in any smokefree premises or vehicle.
A range of support and advice is available to help smokers who want to give up.
You can no longer order Smokefree materials from this website. Please download the signage and guidance from above. Alternatively your local council may have signage and therefore may be able to help. To find your nearest local council click here (new window).