Welcome to the parents section of "smoke's no joke". We aim to arm you with all the information you need to tackle family smoking issues.

Tobacco law

No Smoking

Two major laws under the Health Act 2006 provided stronger regulation of tobacco products and smoking habits. Since 2007, it has been illegal to smoke in virtually all enclosed public spaces and workplaces.

The Health Act 2006 also imposed legal restrictions on tobacco retailers and it is illegal to sell any form of tobacco product to anyone younger than 18 years of age. This legislation was further enhanced under The Health Act 2009 and in October 2011, it became illegal for tobacco products to be sold from vending machines.

Further restrictions will be introduced under the Health Act 2009. From April 2012, major retailers with large retail premises will no longer be able to openly display tobacco products for sale and from 2015, this will be extended to small shops.

These laws acknowledge that smoking is the cause of serious health problems in the UK for both smokers and non-smokers alike.

These laws:

  • Recognise an individual's right to breathe smoke-free air and be protected from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.
  • Support those trying to stop smoking by providing smoke-free environments.
  • Reduce illness and death from smoking related illness, both direct and from second-hand smoke.
  • Send a strong message that smoking is not socially acceptable.

Please refer to the Tobacco Crime section

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