The introduction of the prohibition on smoking in all enclosed workplaces and public places in England in July 2007 is one of the most significant public health measures the country has ever seen. Following on from the successful introduction of smokefree legislation in other parts of the UK, the new measures mean that millions of people in Britain can now enjoy smokefree air indoors.
The CIEH played a major part in securing the legislation and has been working hard to ensure its effective implementation. With support from the Department of Health we undertook an extensive training programme for environmental health professionals in the enforcement of the legislation and, together with the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (Lacors) and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) we have published guidance on the main elements of the legislation and on the many questions raised by the new measures.
We continue to provide advice and help to local authorities on the application of the legislation.
The CIEH is a founding member of the Smokefree Action Coalition which is a group of organizations committed to reducing the harm caused by tobacco and promoting public health.
Guidance from the CIEH and TSI
Implementation of smokefree legislation in England:
Guidance from The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. April 2007