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Smoking Ban 2007

How will this effect your business?

SMOKING is banned in all pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces commencing summer 2007following a historic vote by the House of Commons. Smokers lighting following a historic vote by the House of Commons. Smokers lighting up in banned areas will face a fixed penalty notice of £50. More importantly to you (the business owner) the fine for failing to stop people from smoking in banned areas will be £2,500.00

Think of the significant implications that this change will have on your business. Just because smoking will be banned in public places does not mean that people will not want to smoke. Despite the ban - a significant number of your customers will continue to smoke. Those same customers will choose to spend their money at a premises where they can continue to smoke in as much comfort as possible. What financial implications will this have on your business?

Superior Awnings are highly experienced in providing smoking shelters for businesses that comply with ‘Smoke Free’ government legislation. We have already been able to assist a large number of companies in Scotland and Ireland, so we are now in a position to pass our knowledge and experience on to you!

• All Superior Awnings comply with this legislation.
• Licensee’s may face losing their license for failure to comply with the new law. This will be taken into account in licensing decisions under the new licensing regime which is also being brought into effect.
• You are not legally obliged to provide staff of customers with external smoking shelters.

Government Legislation

Official legislation for the 2007 smoking stipulates the following:

Smoking is allowed in outdoor shelters which are not substantially enclosed, in other words 50% of the walls are missing. For example, overhead awnings and gazebo’s would be acceptable if they had no walls. Structures such as thick hedges or fences which are very close to structures like awnings or gazebo's will be considered as its ‘walls’ as they will contribute to creating an enclosed space. In addition, free-standing shelters should be situated a reasonable distance away from any other buildings or walls to allow for adequate ventilation. To comply, any gaps in shelters must be fully open to avoid trapping smoke.