Exemptions

What places are exempt under the regulations?

The Choosing Health White Paper made a commitment that special arrangements may be needed for certain workplaces when considering the legislation. The limited exemptions from smokefree legislation are set out in the Smoke-free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations. In most cases, exemptions do not apply to the entirety of premises, but rather limits smoking within premises to "designated rooms", that must meet certain requirements. 

 

Am I going to be able to smoke in my hotel room?

While smokefree legislation will not guarantee that people will get a smokefree hotel room, the regulations do require that hotel proprietors specifically designate the hotel rooms that are not smokefree and ensure that hotel rooms for smoking are clearly sign posted.

 

I am a health visitor, can I insist the client stop smoking when I visit them at home?

Smokefree legislation does not require people to stop smoking in private dwellings. You might find the advice in the The Royal College on Nursing's excellent guide 'Protecting community staff from exposure to second-hand smoke: RCN best practice guide for staff and managers' helpful for how community-based staff can be protected from secondhand smoke during their work.