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Smoking in public
Since 1 July 2007, Medway has been smokefree, which means that
the buildings in which people work, relax and socialise are free of
smoke caused by tobacco. Vehicles that are used by more than one
person, such as taxis and shared cars and vans are also
If you see a person smoking where they should not, you can
politely tell the person in charge of the building or vehicle and
request that they deal with the situation. If you notice smoking
occurring in a place where it should not, you can report the
incident to Medway Council's Food and Safety Team on 01634
333222, giving the time and date of the incident, where
the person was smoking and any action you saw the staff take.
The links below provide information on stopping smoking, smoking
shelters, enforcement of the regulations and much more. If you
cannot find the information you are looking for, please use the
contact details at the foot of this page.
Health Act 2006
The government introduced the Health Act
2006 to protect people from the health effects of
second-hand smoke and to recognise each person’s right to enjoy
The Smokefree (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations
These provide details of the law about enclosed premises,
enforcement and an explanatory note and can be found at www.opsi.gov.uk/SI/si2006/20063368.htm.
Litter and personal pocket ashtrays
cigarette ends and packaging. If you are seen dropping these in a
public place, you risk a fixed penalty fine.
Pocket ashtrays offer a practical solution to disposing of
cigarette ends. They are reusable, discreet and provide a solution
for litter when a smoker is not near a litter bin. They can be
bought from the Keep Britain Tidy