Last updated August 2019
This chapter outlines the risks associated with smoking, and how to manage them to comply with your health and safety duties.
Your health and safety obligations in relation to smoking
While smoking is not specifically mentioned in health and safety legislation, smoking is a health and safety risk that must be minimised as part of your general obligation to provide a safe workplace.
Health and safety risks of smoking
There are numerous risks associated with smoking, including:
- health risks, which can result in short-term and long-term illness in both smokers and passive smokers, such as heart disease, cancer, lung disease, asthma attacks, respiratory tract infections and stroke; and
- the risk of an accident, such as explosion or fire due to smoking near flammable material or failure to properly extinguish matches and cigarette butts.