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The smokefree law (The Health Act 2006) came into force in England on 1 July 2007, requiring virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces to be smokefree by law.
A Smokefree England will ensure a healthier environment, so everyone can socialise, relax, travel, shop and work free from secondhand smoke.
Virtually all enclosed and substantially enclosed public places and workplaces in England must now be smokefree. This includes offices, factories, shops, pubs, bars, restaurants, membership clubs, theatres, bingo halls, shopping centres, schools, hospitals, public transport and work vehicles that are used by more than one person.
The Dudley Stop Smoking Service has a range of services available across Dudley.
It is part of the NHS and provides free support and advice on how to quit with access to treatments such as patches etc. on prescription for people registered with a Dudley GP.
The council is responsible for enforcing the smokefree law. If you don't comply with the smokefree law, you will be committing a criminal offence. Fines can be issued for the following:
Failing to display minimum no smoking signs
Failing to prevent smoking in a smoke free place
Smoking in smokefree premises or work vehicles
Payment of your Smoke Free Fine or Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) must be received within 29 days of the date of issue; if payment is received within 15 days of issue, the discounted charge shown on the document issued to you will be accepted as settlement.
You can pay your fine online using the Smoke Free Fine Payment Form
If you suspect that someone is breaking the law (e.g. smoking in a smokefree place or vehicle) or you just want to know more, please contact us.
We will investigate issues affecting Dudley Borough residents. If you have a general concern or want to complain about a business in Dudley Borough, please use the Smokefree Advice and Complaints form.
If you are you a landlord/managing agent of a residential premises that has ‘common areas’ such as shared hallways, kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms then applies to you the smokefree regulations apply to you.
For more information visit the private sector housing teams advice pages