New smoking rules 1st October 2015

This is the information about the new changes to the smoking laws. Please read it is very important.

1.Changes to the law

On 1 October 2015 it became illegal:

  • for retailers to sell electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or e-liquids to someone under 18
  • for adults to buy (or try to buy) tobacco products or e-cigarettes for someone under 18
  • One can buy Pax 2 Vapes at but cannot smoke it in private vehicle, if said vehicle is carrying someone under 18

2.Rules about smoking in private vehicles

Private vehicles must now be smokefree if they are enclosed, there is more than one person present and one of them is under 18.

So it is an offence:

  • for a person of any age to smoke in a private vehicle that is carrying someone who is under 18
  • for a driver (including a provisional driver) not to stop someone smoking in these circumstances

The rules don’t apply to e-cigarettes (vaping), so you better start looking for the best rated vape pens on the market to fit the law.


The fixed penalty notice fine for both offences is £50. Somebody who commits both offences can get 2 fines. Private vehicles must be carrying more than one person to be smokefree, so somebody who is 17 and smoking alone in a private vehicle isn’t committing an offence.

Enforcement officers (usually the police) will use their discretion to decide whether to issue a warning or a fixed penalty notice, or whether to refer an offence to court.

2.2What classes as an enclosed vehicle

The legislation covers any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof. A convertible car, or coupe, with the roof completely down and stowed is not enclosed and so isn’t covered by the legislation. But a vehicle with a sunroof open is still enclosed and so is covered by the legislation.

Sitting in the open doorway of an enclosed vehicle is covered by the legislation.

The rules apply to motorhomes, campervans and caravans when they are being used as a vehicle but don’t apply when they are being used as living accommodation.

The rules don’t apply to:

  • boats, ships and aircraft, as they have their own rules
  • work vehicles and public transport, as they are already covered by smokefree legislation

2.3Why the law has changed

Every time a child breathes in secondhand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals. This puts them at risk of serious conditions, such as meningitis, cancer and respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. It can also make asthma worse. This is why so much attention is on tobacco flavored cartridges used in e-cigarettes. Many believe this might be the answer to the epidemic.

Secondhand smoke is dangerous for anyone, but children are especially vulnerable, because they breathe more rapidly and have less developed airways, lungs and immune systems. Over 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and opening windows does not remove its harmful effect.

The law has changed to protect children and young people from such harm.

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