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Smoking remains the major preventable cause of ill health and premature death in Scotland. Evidence shows that smokers have higher levels of sickness absence from work, and that exposure to second-hand smoke has a causal effect on the development of lung cancer and heart disease.
Public places and workplaces are now smoke-free with the exception of a few limited exemptions. Vehicles used for business purposes are also included in the ban. Businesses who fail to comply with the smoking legislation could be liable to a fixed penalty notice.
The health benefits of smoke-free environments are emerging; for example there has been a 17% reduction in acute coronary admissions to Scottish hospitals following the legislation.
If you decide to allow a smoking shelter, ensure it complies with the guidance (external link).
Further advice and assistance around workplace smoking policies is available via our website as well as in-person via our adviceline: 0800 019 2211.
Clearing the air Scotland (external link) was set up to advise businesses on the change. The information it contains is still current.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced guidance on smoking at work (external link).
You can also call our Adviceline for free confidential advice, to request a workplace visit, or to register for our Award programme which recognises and accredits good practice.
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