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Caithness News Bulletins February 2005
COUNCIL ADVISED OF COST
OF APPLYING SMOKING BAN
Additional costs will be
incurred in processing penalty notices and providing
replacement/additional signage for all Council premises advising
occupiers/users that smoking is not permitted.
The Council would like to see the ban extended to cover private licensed clubs but care homes and day centres should be considered for exemption to support the home for life ethos and avoid further exclusion from services of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
At that time, it was suggested that a law should be introduced alongside further awareness raising, smoking cessation support and smoking prevention work with young people and that a duty of care should be imposed on care providers to pro-actively address smoking cessation amongst service users.
Under the current smoking policy, the Council has designated smoking rooms within some of its premises. When the ban is introduced these rooms will no longer be legal.
Licensees or employers who fail to enforce the law in their premises will face fines up to a maximum of £2,500. Licensees who persistently refuse to comply with Scottish law will face the ultimate sanction of licence withdrawal by the local licensing board. The Executive will examine, in consultation with those charged with enforcing the legislation, a system for issuing fixed penalty notices for individuals who smoke in enclosed public areas and will introduce a maximum fine of £1,000 for persistent offenders.