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Smoking in public

Since 1 July 2007, Medway has been smokefree, which means that the buildings in which people work, relax and socialise are free of smoke caused by tobacco. Vehicles that are used by more than one person, such as taxis and shared cars and vans are also smokefree.

If you see a person smoking where they should not, you can politely tell the person in charge of the building or vehicle and request that they deal with the situation. If you notice smoking occurring in a place where it should not, you can report the incident to Medway Council's Food and Safety Team on 01634 333222, giving the time and date of the incident, where the person was smoking and any action you saw the staff take.

The links below provide information on stopping smoking, smoking shelters, enforcement of the regulations and much more. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please use the contact details at the foot of this page.

Health Act 2006

The government introduced the Health Act 2006  to protect people from the health effects of second-hand smoke and to recognise each person’s right to enjoy smoke-free air.

The Smokefree (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006

These provide details of the law about enclosed premises, enforcement and an explanatory note and can be found at www.opsi.gov.uk/SI/si2006/20063368.htm.

Litter and personal pocket ashtrays

Logo for SmokefreeLitter includes cigarette ends and packaging. If you are seen dropping these in a public place, you risk a fixed penalty fine.

Pocket ashtrays offer a practical solution to disposing of cigarette ends. They are reusable, discreet and provide a solution for litter when a smoker is not near a litter bin. They can be bought from the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.