Find out about smokefree premises law, what businesses need to do, and how to complain about smoking in smokefree premises.
A Healthier Smokefree Eastbourne
On 1 July 2007 England introduced a new law to make virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England smokefree.
A smokefree England ensures a healthier environment, so everyone can socialise, relax, travel, shop and work free from secondhand smoke. Smokefree legislation will save thousands of lives over the next decade by reducing the effects of secondhand smoke.
Enjoy the Benefits of Smokefree Air
There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke - sometimes known as passive smoking. If you breathe in other people’s smoke you have more chance of getting both lung cancer and heart disease. Just thirty minutes exposure is enough to reduce coronary blood flow.
The council's Licensing Team enforce the legislation in Eastbourne. The introduction of the smokefree law has generally been very positive. Most people comply with the legislation and the council's emphasis is on helping businesses to comply with the law, including ensuring that the new no-smoking signs are displayed. However, Fixed Penalty Notices and prosecution are an option for businesses who persistently do not comply.
What Businesses Need to Do
Businesses should have no-smoking signs in smokefree premises and company vehicles. For information about smokefree policies and signage requirements, go to the Business Link website using the link from this page.
Under the new law, indoor smoking rooms within premises are no longer allowed, so anyone wishing to smoke will have to go outside instead.
You can download Planning guidance in PDF format below if you wish to consider providing outdoor smoking areas in Eastbourne.
Complaints about Smoking in Smokefree Premises
If you believe someone is breaking the law by smoking in a smokefree premises or vehicle, we suggest you let a member of staff at the business know as soon as possible so the incident can be dealt with quickly at the time. If you are not satisfied and would like to make a complaint, in Eastbourne you can contact the council's Licensing Team using the online form below.
You are at: www.eastbourne.gov.uk/smokefree