Government unveils draft regulations on smoke-free premises

Draft regulations on smoke-free premises and vehicles have been unveiled by the government today.

Smoke-free legislation, due to be introduced in England next summer, will see virtually all enclosed public places and work places become completely smoke-free.

These measures are designed to protect everyone from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke when out at work or leisure, as well as providing smokers with an environment where it is easier to give up.

The consultation launched today covers the finer details of how the legislation will be implemented and enforced. Views are sought on issues such as which exemptions and signage requirements for smoke-free establishments.

Public health minister Caroline Flint said: “We have worked closely with stakeholders in drafting these regulations and continue to listen to the opinions of the public, stakeholders and the commercial sector in the countdown to going smoke-free next summer.”

Data from Scotland released recently shows how popular smoke-free public places and workplaces are in practice – with three quarters of people saying the ban has been successful and 99% of places complying with ban since introduced in March.

The consultation will run for 12 weeks, closing on 9 October 2006.

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