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Smoking at work

11 August 2016

Following the introduction of the smoking ban in England in July 2007, it is a criminal offence in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to smoke in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces, on public transport and in work vehicles used by more than one person.

Smoking is defined as smoking tobacco or anything which contains tobacco, or smoking any other substance, and includes being in possession of anything lit which contains tobacco, or being in possession of any other lit substance in a form in which it could be smoked.

Basically, this covers all forms of smoking, including cigars, pipes and shishas. Provided the substance is lit, there is no need for it to be inhaled for it to be covered.

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