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Health and Safety Team
Governance, Legal & Policy Division
Tower 1, 6th Floor (TW1 6.01)
LSE
Houghton Street
London
WC2A 2AE

Email:  Health.And.Safety@lse.ac.uk|

Policy on smoking

1.1 Smoking is prohibited inside all buildings on the Houghton street campus, all LSE halls of residence, including residents' rooms and any other building or facility managed by the School.  The prohibition extends to building entrances, including doorways, steps and ramps and external fire escape stairways and escape routes.(Ashbins are positioned just outside the entrance to buildings, these are provided so that smokers can dispose of their cigarette materials before they enter the building, not for people to smoke at the entrances of buildings.) 

1.2 On campus smoking is permitted on open roof terraces only where permanent seating is provided  i.e. Old Building, St Clements and Clare Market buildings.  Smokers using these roof terraces must not smoke within 1 metre of open windows or doors to prevent smoke permeating into smoke-free areas.  Consideration must be given to other users of the roof terraces.  Smokers must ensure that all smoking materials are extinguished and placed in the receptacles provided before re-entering the building.  

1.3 An employer or person who controls or is concerned with the management of smoke-free premises who is charged with an offence under the Health Act 2006  has a defence if they can demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to prevent smoking in smoke-free premises.  The School will take reasonable steps to discharge its duty under the Health Act by: 

  • Implementing this policy on smoking.
  • Bringing the policy to the attention of all staff, students, visitors and contractors, via the LSE website, at induction, and by providing written information and verbal briefings given to students and visitors.
  • Erecting appropriate no-smoking signage as required by the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations,
  • Dealing with breaches of the smoking policy by Staff or Students through the relevant disciplinary procedures.
  • Challenging anyone found smoking on enclosed school premises to immediately refrain from smoking.

Responsibilities under this policy

2.1 All staff and students must adhere to the provisions of the School's policy on smoking as set out in paragraphs 1.1. and 1.2.of this document.  Failure to comply with the School's policy on smoking will constitute a breach of the School's health and safety policy and accordingly will be deal with under the relevant disciplinary procedure for Staff or Students.  

2.2 Staff should challenge any individual found to be smoking inside School premises without placing themselves at risk.   

2.3 Persistent and flagrant breaches of the policy should be reported to the School's Head of Health and Safety who will, in cases where the alleged offender is a member of staff, contact the Human Resources Division, or, in cases where the alleged offender is a student, contact the Head of Legal and Compliance in GLPD who will implement appropriate disciplinary action under the School's disciplinary procedures.   

2.4 The relevant named licensee of licensed premises on campus and in LSE halls of residence  will be responsible for ensuring that the policy is implemented in their premises. 

2.5 Front of House managers in LSE halls of residence will be responsible for ensuring the policy is implemented in all areas other than licensed bars in conjunction with the relevant warden.   

2.6 Conferences will ensure that any person or organisation hiring or using LSE premises for public lectures and other events are directed to the provisions of the smoking policy. 

2.7 Departments organising events directly will ensure that any person attending is made aware of the provisions of the smoking policy.  

2.8 The Student Union Chief Executive will be responsible for ensuring that the Smoke-free legislation and the School's smoking policy is enforced in areas occupied or managed by the Student Union.   

Legal position

3.1  Under the provisions of the Health Act 2006 it is illegal to smoke in enclosed or substantially enclosed public places, this includes all workplaces, shops, pubs, restaurants etc, any person smoking in an enclosed public place will be committing an offence under the Health Act 2006 and will be liable to a fine up to £200.   

3.2 Any employer or person who controls or is concerned with the management of smoke-free premises who fails to prevent a person from smoking in smoke-free premises under their control will be committing an offence under the Health Act and is liable to a fine up to £2000. 

3.3 Local Authority Officers are responsible for enforcing Smoke-free regulations made under the Health Act and can enter enclosed or partially enclosed public places at any reasonable time.  It is an offence to obstruct Local Authority Authorised Officers carrying out their duties or to make a false or misleading statement to the Enforcement officer. 

Support on giving up smoking

Information and support on giving up smoking can be found on the NHS Giving Up Smoking| website or the Smoking National Helpline: 0300 123 1044.

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