Business owners are being urged to continue to comply with laws which keep buildings and work vehicles smokefree.
As new legislation comes into force next week and environmental health officers want communities in Hambleton and Richmondshire to remain protected from the effects of tobacco smoke.
From October 1, laws requiring signs to be shown that premises and work vehicles are smoke-free will be reaffirmed – but the new legislation removes the need to display prescribed signs. It means that business owners can display signs to their own design and in a format and location that is more acceptable to them - particularly when it comes to be in keeping with historic buildings.
Existing signs will comply with the new legislation so there is no need to change them. But any
premises or vehicles where signs are not already being displayed, must provide them immediately as the legal requirement for the provision of a sign remains.
“Regardless of the continuing need for signs, people who are responsible for buildings and work vehicles continue to have a legal responsibility to prevent the use of tobacco on their premises,” said Environmental Health Manager, Philip Mepham.
“The Government has re-affirmed the need to protect the public and employees from the ill effects of tobacco smoke indoors for the sake of their health and wellbeing. It also helps people wanting to stop smoking by ensuring an environment which supports that individual choice.”
For more information visit http://smokefree.nhs.uk/