Smoking

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  • Type:
    Legal timetable

    The Regulations, which appy only to England, provide exemptions from the smoke-free requirements of the Health Act 2006 and provide for most public and work vehicles to be smoke-free.

  • Type:
    Legal timetable

    The Regulations, which apply to England and Wales, specify the penalties and discounted amounts for the purposes of smoking offences.

  • Type:
    Legal timetable

    A ban on smoking in enclosed public places, including most workplaces, comes into force.

  • Asthmatic nurse loses passive-smoking claim

    Date:
    1 November 1998
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Sparrow v St Andrews Homes Ltd, a nurse who alleged that her asthma was caused by patients' tobacco smoke lost the first "passive smoking" case ever to go to trial in England or Wales. But, in rejecting Sylvia Sparrow's claim for damages at the High Court in Manchester, Mr Justice Holland was at pains to point out that he was not setting any kind of precedent for passive-smoking claims.

  • Contracts of employment: Implied duty to provide suitable working environment

    Date:
    15 October 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    An employer's failure to ban smoking in a poorly ventilated workplace, after it became clear that measures already introduced to resolve the problem of passive smoking were inadequate, was in repudiatory breach of an implied contractual term that it would provide and monitor for its employees, so far as reasonably practicable, a working environment which was reasonably suitable for the performance of their contractual duties, holds the EAT in Waltons & Morse v Dorrington.

  • Contracts of employment: Smoking ban upheld

    Date:
    15 November 1992
    Type:
    Law reports

    In the absence of any specific express or implied contractual term giving employees a "right to smoke", an employer is at liberty to introduce a smoking ban in its workplace by amending its working rules, holds the EAT in Dryden v Greater Glasgow Health Board.

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