The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent on 5 August 2005 and the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 came into force on 26 March 2006.

From 26 March, smoking is no longer allowed in the majority of enclosed public places, including workplaces.

According to the Scottish Executive, the new law bans smoking in “no-smoking premises” by:

  • creating an offence of permitting others to smoke in no-smoking premises, ie restaurants, bars, shops, cinemas, offices, hospitals, work vehicles and sports centres

  • creating an offence of smoking in enclosed no-smoking premises, ie those:

    • to which the public or a section of the public has access

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