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SmokeFree Legislation

The law was introduced to protect employees and the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

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Workplace Stop Smoking Scheme

Go the extra mile… help your staff to stop smoking!

Employers are not legally obliged to help employees to stop smoking. However, employers that do provide cessation support could reduce the risk of non-compliance with the law, as well as taking advantage of the opportunity it offers to improve people's health. They will also benefit from reduced sickness absence and increased productivity.

A large majority of smokers say that they would like to quit for good and the smokefree regulations will give them yet another reason to want to stop. Employees in your workplace may be considering quitting and as an employer you are in a position to help them in conjunction with local NHS support.

For more information about how to help your staff to stop smoking, please contact Sheffield NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0800 068 4490.


Why help staff stop smoking

  • It is the proper thing to do as a responsible employer! Involvement in this scheme will reflect to your staff that their health is of paramount importance to you as their employer.
  • It makes business sense: smokers take more annual days of sickness leave and in the UK smoking breaks typically account for £48,000 of lost time annually for every 100 employees (around 30 of whom will typically be smokers).
  • It is easy to do so using the Workplace Stop Smoking Scheme, a free service being run jointly between us and the Sheffield NHS Stop Smoking Service.


The Scheme

  • An NHS Stop Smoking Advisor can talk to you and your employees and give you information and materials about stopping smoking, how to access NHS support programmes and how the scheme can be used flexibly to suit your workplace.
  • Online or paper format surveys can be provided to find out how many of your employees smoke and would like to give up.
  • Stop smoking clinics can be set up at your workplace, where there are more than 5 smokers who would like to take part.
  • Stop smoking clinics take place weekly over a period of seven weeks, which includes support for at least the first four weeks of the quit.
  • Information is available on various forms of medication, including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), and arrangements are made for the smoker to receive a prescription for these products.
  • Smokers are up to four times more likely to succeed in their quit attempt with the support of the Stop Smoking Service and medication, than going ‘cold turkey’ alone.


What Employers Think of the Scheme

“I have utilised the stop smoking service in the workplace on two occasions now and each time it has been extremely beneficial for the company and the employees. The employees are able to access professional advice on site weekly, through one to one or in group sessions.

They have commented on how enjoyable, professional and informative the service is and they can access it in work time, without having to find a course in the evenings or weekends, when they may not have time to or be able to travel to. They also have found colleague support during their shift is also very beneficial.

The benefits to the business have been promoting well being and trying to improve health, reducing potential disease and complications of smoking and also trying to help reduce potential sickness absence days”.

Occupational Health Nurse, Sheffield Workplace

“I feel the service was fantastically delivered. The stop smoking adviser was really helpful and made the process seamless”.

Mike Adams, DSGI

“We’ve had fantastic feedback from employees who found the Stop Smoking sessions enjoyable and supportive, with personal programmes being worked up for each individual. Everyone who attended the sessions managed to quit, and 50% are still smoke free six months later. This is a great success and has been a really positive element to our in-house Wellbeing programme”.

Cathrine Ashworth, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive


SmokeFree Legislation

It is illegal to smoke inside enclosed public places and workplace. This applies to all businesses such as pubs, clubs, membership clubs, cafes, restaurants, shopping centres, offices, public and work transport.

Key points are:

  • It is against the law to smoke in virtually all enclosed and substantially enclosed public places and workplaces.
  • Public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person should also be smokefree.
  • No-smoking signs should be displayed in all smokefree premises and vehicles.
  • Staff smoking rooms and indoor smoking areas are not allowed, so anyone who wants to smoke will have to go outside.
  • Managers of smokefree premises and vehicles have legal responsibilities to prevent people from smoking.
  • If you are uncertain where you can or can't smoke, just look for the no-smoking signs or ask someone in charge.

SmokeFree England describes the SmokeFree Legislation.

SmokeFree signage in various sizes is available to download.

  • Modified: Oct 4, 2012 3:24:53 PM