Smoking & The Law

In the UK, introduced into the law, in the health act of 2006, was a ban on the use of tobacco-based cigarettes in public places. Since then, the law requires virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces to be smoke free.

What the Law Says

The act was introduced in response to the effect tobacco cigarettes were having on smoker’s health and those around them. It was reported that cigarettes cause over 100,000 deaths a year in the UK as lit tobacco produces Tar, carcinogens, carbon monoxide and up to 400 other toxicities.  Chapter 28 of the smoking ban defines smoking as; “Smoking tobacco or anything which contains tobacco, or  any other substance”. Smoking includes being in possession of lit tobacco or of anything lit which contains tobacco, or being in possession of any other lit substance in a form in which it could be smoked.  This means that smoking includes the smoking of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, herbal cigarettes and waterpipes, often known as hookah or shisha pipes.

The Use of Electronic Cigarettes

According to the law, the user of an electronic cigarette is EXCLUDED from this Act as the device does not contain tobacco; it is not lit and does not produce smoke as a result of burning substances.  The electronic cigarette can be used, with the proprietor’s permission, in any premises that was affected by the introduction of the health act 2006.”

Although users of electronic cigarettes are exempt from this law, it is prudent to note that, while in what is deemed as a public place, such as a pub, restaurant or cinema, permission still needs to be sought in order to be able to use your electronic cigarette.  Since the use of electronic cigarettes is still in its infancy, there is still very little known about their use.  Therefore, the owners of some premises might still be reluctant to allow the use of electronic cigarettes.