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No smoking sign laws have been relaxed

30 October, 2012
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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 Robert Botkai, partner at Winckworth Sherwood, said: "The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2007 have been revoked and replaced with the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2012." Before October 1, 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 these premises'.

Signage had to be displayed in each entrance to smoke-free premises and 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 new Regulations require at least one legible no-smoking sign to be displayed in a smoke-free premises or vehicle. The position of the sign is at the discretion of management. There is no minimum size requirement.

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