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No Smoking Signs

Ensure that you comply with legislation on smoking by displaying these smoking prohibition signs.

Legal legislation has created smoke-free environments in enclosed and substantially enclosed buildings, on public transport (buses, trains, taxis and ferries) and in commercial transport such as heavy goods vehicles. No smoking signs can reinforce this message both in the workplace and public places to ensure nobody unknowingly breaks the law.

All our no smoking signs comply with ISO EN 7010 and the Safety Signs and Signals Regulations 1996. Order your safety signs today!

Why is No Smoking Signage Essential?

Our no smoking signs and the supplementary smoking-permitted signs let people know where smoking areas are located on your site, and where people cannot smoke.

No smoking signs are also often required for operational safety. Depending on the type of goods processed, appropriate signage is required by law in many companies as part of their health and safety signs in areas that could contain flammable materials.

These signs are essential both by law. Businesses are also encouraged to have a smoking area clearly labelled with a “Smoking is permitted” sign to ensure that any on-site smoking occurs exclusively in this area.

What Specifications Should No Smoking Signs Follow?

Typically, smoking and no-smoking signs must follow these specifications:

  • At least the same size as an A5 piece of paper (21cm x 14.8cm)
  • Must have the internationally-recognised No Smoking symbol in the centre, complete with the red circle and bar.

The text “[no] smoking in this premises” must be somewhere on the sign. “Premises” can be replaced for the name of the premises in question (bar, café, factory, etc.)

Are No Smoking Signs a Legal Requirement?

The protection of non-smokers is enshrined in law in companies, restaurants, hotels, and public institutions. Displaying clearly visible no-smoking signs in your establishment are an essential legal requirement to protect both smokers and non-smokers.

These legal acts include the Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006, and The Smoke-free (Exemptions and Vehicle) Regulations 2007 in England; Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006; The Smoke Free Premises (Wales) Regulations 2007; and Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

Types of Smoking Sign

There are a few different types of smoking and no smoking sign available so you can choose the one that best suits your business’ needs and messaging. We have prohibition signs for cigarettes and e-cigarettes, as well as signs that direct people towards smoking areas.

Our signage at Label Source is available in both English and Welsh, so you can display your safety signage wherever you are in the UK.

What Colour are No Smoking Signs?

Various smoking signs will typically come in one of two colours depending on their messaging: red or green.

  • Red smoking signs are prohibition signs. The pictogram on these signs will usually be an image of a cigarette surrounded by a red circle with a red line through it. The text will also usually be inside a red text box. These signs are for informing people of where they cannot smoke.
  • Green smoking signs will usually feature a pictogram of a cigarette or a tick on a green background. The text will give more information, but these green signs will usually inform people of where they can smoke.

Where Should I Put No Smoking Signs?

Following the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations legislation of 2012, at least one legible no smoking sign must be displayed in all public premises, workplaces and vehicles.

It’s up to the individual business to decide where these are placed, but they must be clearly visible. For example, by entrances, on window panes, or on counters and cupboards. Our no smoking signs are available as self-adhesive vinyl or stickers for easy application.

Do No Smoking Signs Include E-Cigarettes?

E-Cigarettes are not illegal indoors, but non-smokers may still find the use of them impolite. It’s therefore up to an individual business or establishment’s discretion whether to ban e-cigarettes. However, standard no-smoking signs do not include e-cigarettes under their umbrella.


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