Smoking is banned in nearly all enclosed workplaces and public spaces in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland including churches, associated halls, and company vehicles.

You need to display no smoking signs and prevent people from smoking in these areas. Anyone who wants to smoke must go outside to do so.

Local authorities are responsible for enforcing the legislation.


E-cigarettes are not treated as tobacco under existing regulations. As such, the HSE do not advise an out right ban on the use of E-cigarettes at work but instead suggest you answer the following 5 questions to determine what measures are most appropriate for your place of work: 
Will you permit or prohibit e-cigarette use on your premises?

Further information on the requirements under this legislation and what it means for businesses, employers, employees and the public can also be found on the following websites:

For England: Smoke Free England
For Wales: Welsh Government
For Scotland: Smoke free Scotland

For more guidance on smoking at work visit