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Smoking ban

It is an offence to smoke in an enclosed public space, business premise or business vehicle.

The definition of an enclosed public space is any area usable by the general public that is substantially enclosed or appears to be substantially enclosed by more than 50% and has a roof.

The smoking ban legislation also provides protection for main entrances and exits from the above premises. Standing close by or in doorways is also an offence for which you can be prosecuted by way of Fixed Penalty Notice.


Examples of a business premise

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Restaurants, pubs & clubs
  • Shops
  • Office, factories & warehouses
  • Cinemas & leisure facilities
  • Taxi office


Examples of a business vehicle

  • Buses
  • Taxis
  • Private trade vehicle
  • Company vehicle



Only a few exemptions to the law have been made, mainly on humanitarian grounds. The exemptions are:

  • residential accommodation
  • designated rooms in adult care homes
  • adult hospices
  • designated rooms in psychiatric hospitals and units
  • designated detention or interview rooms
  • designated rooms in offender accommodation premises
  • private vehicles


You can report a breach of the smoking ban via our Trading Standards reporting form.


For more information contact

Trading Standards
Tel: 01592 583141 Fax: 01592 583318 Contact Trading Standards online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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