The Health Act 2006 means that smoking in all enclosed public spaces and workplaces was outlawed from 2 April 2007 in Wales and will be outlawed from 30 April in Northern Ireland and 1 July 2007 in England.
Acas has produced a first-class Q&A sheet for employers on how to stop staff smoking, containing answers to (amongst others) the following questions:
- I have been smoking at work for eight years so doesn't that give me a right to continue?
- Can I claim I suffer from an addiction under the Disability Discrimination Act?
- How can I get my reluctant workforce to take the new ban seriously?
- What if customers insist on smoking on my premises?
View the Q&A guide here.