How to implement a smoke-free policy and the benefits of this

​​​​​​​​​As an employer, you have the opportunity to encourage and support employees who want to stop smoking.

You also have a duty of care to protect people from the effects of smoking in your workplace.

Here you can find information on why you should promote stopping smoking at work, and how to develop a smoke-free policy.

Why have a smoke-free policy?

The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 states that smoking is not allowed in any enclosed workplace, public building or on public transport in Scotland, with a limited number of exemptions. S

moking is also not allowed in any work vehicle that more than one person uses.

If you do not follow the requirements of this law, then there is a fixed penalty fine of £200 for your organisation. This can go up to £2,500 if the fine is not paid.

You can find out more about smoking at work and the law on the GOV.UK website (external site)​.

While you are not legally obliged to help employees stop smoking, doing so means you are less at risk of non-compliance with the above law.

You will also potentially benefit from reduced sickness absence and increased productivity.

Health Improvement Programmes delivered through the workplace can make a major contribution to improving Scotland’s health and reducing health inequalities.

Develop a smoke-free policy

One of the best ways to promote stopping smoking to employees and protect people from the effects of smoking is by developing a smoke-free policy for your organisation.

We recommend that you consult and involve employees in the development of your smoke-free policy and review it regularly.

It should clearly state:

  • where and when smoking is allowed (if anywhere) – this includes vaping
  • how the policy will be enforced
  • what support will be provided to employees who wish to stop smoking

Supporting a smoke-free working environment

We have created a guide to support your workplace to becoming smoke-free.