2.1 No smoking signage - requirements

The law requires smoke free premises and vehicles to display prominent no smoking signs at each of their entrances.


No smoking signs must:

  • Be A5 size - the size of a standard A4 piece of paper folded in half from top to bottom
  • Feature the international no smoking symbol, at least 70mm in diameter
  • Read: "No smoking. It is against the law to smoke in these premises" in easy to read characters. Substitute words can be used for "these premises" as long as they refer to your particular premises, eg "this hotel"
  • A no smoking sign with only the international no smoking symbol (min. 70mm diameter in red) may be displayed at an entrance not in public use - ie staff entrances - if at least one standard A5 no smoking sign is already being displayed on the premises.

Any signage attached to the exterior of the building may require advertisement consent or listed building consent if the premises are listed.

Vehicle signs

  • No smoking signs in vehicles must carry the international no smoking symbol at least 70mm in diameter.
  • If a vehicle contains two compartments then a no smoking sign must be displayed in each compartment, eg on a train.

Read more information at Smoke Free England.

Last updated: 7 June 2017
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