Smokefree workplaces and public places
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.
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 other organisations and Government bodies we have published guidance on the main elements of the legislation and on the many questions raised by the new legislation.
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 others
Implementation of smokefree legislation in England:
Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
NICE provides extensive evidence based guidance on smoking and tobacco.
To facilitate use of appropriate guidance NICE has created Pathways which map the available guidance across the areas of possible intervention:
Smoking prevention and cessation - includes guidance on smoking cessation in the workplace.
Smoking: tobacco harm-reduction approaches - includes nicotine containing products such as ‘electronic cigarettes.’