Smoke Free Policy


The New Law

The Smoking, Health & Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 and The Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Places (Scotland) Regulations 2006 came into effect on 26th March 2006 in an effort to improve public health in Scotland. Smoking is no longer permitted in enclosed public spaces. This building is one of over 9000 premises in South Lanarkshire affected by the ban. All internal stadium areas are covered, as is the complete seating area externally.


It is the policy of Hamilton Academical Football Club and all stadium operators and businesses that all of our workplaces are smoke-free and all employees have a right to work in a smoke free environment. The Policy came into effect at 6.00am on Sunday 26th March 2006 and will be reviewed periodically.


Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire workplace and stadium with no exceptions. This includes Company Vehicles. This Policy applies to ALL employees, consultants, contractors, customers and visitors. No special provision will be made, anyone wishing to smoke must do so in the Car Park and at least 9 metres from the Main Door. Following consultation with representatives from South Lanarkshire Council and Police Scotland, the Policy will be applied to ALL football matches. In terms of the legislation, and for the avoidance of doubt, persons will NOT be permitted to exit the stadium then re-enter in order to smoke. For the avoidance of doubt ‘e-cigs’ or similar are also prohibited in or around the stadium.


Overall responsibility for policy implementation and review rests with Stadium and Football Club Management. All staff are obliged to adhere to and facilitate the implementation of the policy.


Disciplinary Procedures will be followed if any member of staff does not comply with this policy. Those who do not comply with the smoking law are also liable to a fixed penalty fine and possible criminal prosecution.

Further Information

General information regarding smoking is available on the Scottish Executive website Should you or your staff wish to stop smoking please contact or phone smokeline 0800 848484 Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the new legislation or South Lanarkshire Council’s approach to it, please contact Environmental Services at or phone the Smoking Enforcement Hotline on 0845 600 2593

Should you wish to register a complaint regarding someone who you believe to be breaking the law in relation to the smoking ban you can either contact the above number or the National Call Line which has been set up by the Scottish Executive which is 0845 130 7250

Policy as at 04/04/14