Smoking in enclosed public places will be banned in England from 1 July next year, the government has just announced.
Smoking Shelters are attractive external structures designed to provide a refuge for smokers from the wind and rain.The laws governing smoking in public places are in the process of being changed. Scotland and Eire have already passed laws that prohibit smoking in the workplace. England and Wales will follow suit in 2007.
Where the laws are already in place, employers can no longer provide “smoking rooms” for their staff – these are prohibited. Instead, many employers are choosing to provide external Shelters for Smokers. The advantage to the employee of a Smoking Shelter is protection from the wind and rain; the advantage to the employer is being able to control where smoking occurs outside the building.
Shelters for Smokers come in a range of sizes to suit different needs and budgets. The Traditional Smoking Shelter is a free-standing unit designed for 5-7 people. Its flat roof is often found to be in keeping with the design of industrial buildings. The Premier Shelter for Smokers is another free-standing unit, but designed for 9-12 people. It has an attractive curved translucent roof well-suited to modern office building design.