Forecourt Trader

No smoking sign laws relaxed

12 October, 2012

Retailers are being reminded about the new relaxed requirements for 'No Smoking' signs in England. Robert Botkai, partner at Winckworth Sherwood, said: "The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2007 have been revoked and replaced with the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2012."

He explained that before 1 October 2012, the 2007 Regulations required that signs displayed on smoke free premises had to be A5 size. The signs also had to contain: The standard no smoking symbol and the text: 'No smoking. It is against the law to smoke in theses premises'.

Signage had to be displayed in each entrance to smoke-free premises and had to be displayed in each enclosed compartment of smoke-free vehicles, including vehicles used for work and those used by the public.

However, from October 1, 2012, the 2012 Regulations require at least one legible no-smoking sign to be displayed in a smoke-free premises or vehicle. The position of the sign will be at the discretion of anyone with management responsibilities. There is no minimum size requirement.

"This de-regulation will be welcomed by businesses and is a clear indication that the smoking ban has been a great success, both in terms of business uptake and public acceptance," said Botkai.