Prohibiting smoking outside hospital buildings: Consultation

Closes 10 Jan 2020

Opened 8 Oct 2019


The consultation seeks views on details of proposals to introduce offences for smoking or permitting others to smoke outside hospital buildings. The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 provides for offences, defences, penalties and fines in respect of smoking outside hospital buildings. The consultation will seek views on details around this including the distance from a hospital building which will form the no-smoking area, whether overhanging structures should be included in that area, the wording of signs, whether any buildings should be exempted, if only buildings used wholly or partly as hospitals should be included, if pathways should be included, if people should be permitted to use NVPs and whether any particular groups will be disproportionately impacted.

Why We Are Consulting

Although the introduction of no-smoking areas, fines and penalties for smoking or permitting others to smoke outside hospital buildings are now in law, the size and placing of no-smoking areas and the wording of signs has still to be set out in legislation. The consultation provides an opportunity for those affected to provide their views on the details of these aspects so that legislation can be made on these.

Read the consultation paper. 

Give us your views


  • Health and Social Care