As many of you are already aware, the smoking ban comes into place on Sunday, 1st July 2007.

The following steps will act as a guide to help you to implement the ban successfully:

 

 

1. Inform Staff and Customers

Steps to take:

* Makes all employers, customers and visitors aware of the new law.
* You may wish to introduce a smokefree policy to make your employees aware of the new law and how it will affect them.

When to take them:

* You can order an A3 Smokefree England poster from www.smokefreeengland.co.uk/resources or 0800  169 1967 to start raising awareness from now.
* Your written smokefree policy should be implemented and displayed in good time before the new law comes into effect on 1 July.

2. Get Your Signage Ready

Steps to take:


* Work out how many no-smoking signs you will require - they will need to be displayed at each entrance to your premises and in all smokefree vehicles

When to take to take them:

* Signage can be downloaded or ordered now from www.smokefreeengland.co.uk/resources or 0800 169 1697.
* No-smoking signs must be in place on 1 July 2007.

3. Close Indoor Smoking Rooms

Steps to take:

* By 1 July, all enclosed and substantially enclosed areas in your premises will need to be smokefree.
* As indoor smoking rooms will no longer be allowed, you may wish to ask staff how they would like to see the room used after 1 July.
* If you decide to provide an out smoking shelter or area, you will need to make sure it is not "enclosed" or "substantially enclosed".

When to take them:

* Start thinking now what to do with any existing indoor smoking room(s).
* You should contact your local council for advice before you build an outdoor smoking shelter.

4. Help Staff Give Up Smoking

Steps to take:

* For smokers who want to quit, the NHS offers a range of excellent free support including local NHS Stop Smoking Services and the Together Programme.

* For details of the free services and advice on stopping smoking, call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0169 or visit www.gosmokefree.co.uk

* Ask your local NHS Stop Smoking Service about support for employees during outside work hours.

5. Dealing with Non-compliance

Steps to take:

* You will need to be prepared to take action if someone smokes in any smokefree premises or vehicle that you manage or are responsible for.

When to take them:

* If someone is smoking in smokefree premises or work vehicles, draw their attention to the no-smoking signs and politely ask them to stop. You could also point out that they are committing a criminal offence.

* If one of your employees continues to smoke, you may wish to consider taking disciplinary action.

* If a customer continues to smoke, you could ask them to leave your premises.

6. Checklist
This is what you need to do to comply with the new smokefree law:

1. Make staff, customers and visitors aware that premises and vehicles must be smokefree.
2. Close any existing indoor smoking rooms.
3. Display "no-smoking" signs in smoke free premises and vehicles.
4. Ensure that no one smokes in smokefree premises or vechiles.

You may also wish to:

* Develop a smokefree policy in consultation with staff.
* Provide your staff and customers with support to quit smoking.

If you require any further information regarding the smoking ban you can visit the Smokefree website - www.smokefreeengland.co.uk.