Smoking ban... July 1st
June 29, 2007 2:20pm CST
From 1 July 2007 it will be against the law to smoke in virtually all enclosed and substantially enclosed public places and workplaces. See below for definitions. Public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person will also need to be smokefree. No-smoking signs will have to be displayed in all smokefree premises and vehicles. Staff smoking rooms and indoor smoking areas will no longer be allowed, so anyone who wants to smoke will have to go outside. Managers of smokefree premises and vehicles will have legal responsibilities to prevent people from smoking. If you don't comply with the new smokefree law, you will be committing a criminal offence. The fixed penalty notices and maximum fine for each offence are: Smoking in smokefree premises or work vehicles: a fixed penalty notice of £50 (reduced to £30 if paid in 15 days) imposed on the person smoking. Or a maximum fine of £200 if prosecuted and convicted by a court. Failure to display no-smoking signs: a fixed penalty notice of £200 (reduced to £150 if paid in 15 days) imposed on whoever manages or occupies the smokefree premises or vehicle. Or a maximum fine of £1000 if prosecuted and convicted by a court. Failing to prevent smoking in a smokefree place: a maximum fine of £2500 imposed on whoever manages or controls the smokefree premises or vehicle if prosecuted and convicted by a court. There is no fixed penalty notice for this offence. Local councils will be responsible for enforcing the new law in England Definition of enclosed and substantially enclosed: Premises will be considered 'enclosed' if they have a ceiling or roof and (except for doors, windows or passageways) are wholly enclosed either on a permanent or temporary basis. Premises will be considered 'substantially enclosed' if they have a ceiling or roof, but have an opening in the walls, which is less than half the total area of the walls. The area of the opening does not include doors, windows or any other fittings that can be opened or shut. Do you agree with these new laws? Are they imposed were you live allready? Do you think they should be brought in in your country as well?
• United States
29 Jun 07
I wish they would have those laws throughout the United States. Some places already do have bans on smoking in all public places but not where I live. Furthermore, I think it should be illegal to smoke directly outside of a non-smoking building. I think it's ridiculous that I should have to walk through a cloud of smoke to get into a non-smoking building. It almost defeats the purpose of making the building non-smoking.
• United States
30 Jun 07
I had to check and see where you lived and I see it is in the UK. Here in Georgia it has been like than for a long time. Now they are even talking about banning it in the privacy of your own car. I think it is terrible that the non smoker can dictate how I should live my life...where are my civil rights? If anyone tried to stop me from smoking in my own car, which I do not do if I have a non smoking passenger, they will have to put me in jail.