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Simon Exley of Slee Blackwell’s Commercial Department takes a look at the legal implications of the new smoking ban. On 1 July this year the Health Act 2006 came into force with the aim of creating smoke-free places and protecting people from the harmful effects of secondary smoke. The statutory smoking ban applies to all “enclosed” and “substantially enclosed” premises. So, if you are responsible for running a restaurant, a pub, a shop, an office or any other regulated premises you...

The much talked about smoking ban will come into force on 1 st July 2007 . From this date no smoking will be allowed in offices, factories, shops, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs, public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person. Even previously allocated smoking rooms will not be allowed under the new legislation. In basic terms anyone who wishes to smoke in a public place must go outside. Whilst the ban is just over 5 months away...