Health Act 2006

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Health Act 2006[1]
Long titleAn Act to make provision for the prohibition of smoking in certain premises, places and vehicles and for amending the minimum age of persons to whom tobacco may be sold; to make provision in relation to the prevention and control of health care associated infections; to make provision in relation to the management and use of controlled drugs; to make provision in relation to the supervision of certain dealings with medicinal products and the running of pharmacy premises, and about orders under the Medicines Act 1968 and orders amending that Act under the Health Act 1999; to make further provision about the National Health Service in England and Wales and about the recovery of National Health Service costs; to make provision for the establishment and functions of the Appointments Commission; to make further provision about the exercise of social care training functions; and for connected purposes.
Citation2006 c 28
Royal assent19 July 2006
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Health Act 2006 (c 28) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It provides for a number of administrative changes in the National Health Service.

Part 1 - Smoking[edit]

Chapter 1 - Smoke-free premises, places and vehicles[edit]

The Act is best known for having introduced provisions for the creation of a ban on smoking in enclosed public places. This ban focuses on smoking:

The sections of the Act allowing a ban extend to England and Wales although the provisions implementing the ban came into effect separately in England and Wales. In England the ban took effect on 1 July 2007. The ban in Wales came into effect on 2 April 2007.

Smoking was banned separately in Northern Ireland and Scotland — in Northern Ireland by the Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 which took effect on 30 April 2007, and in Scotland (taking effect 26 March 2006) by the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005.

In 2017, the Supreme Court held that the smoking ban contained in chapter 1 of the Act did not bind the Crown, and therefore did not need to be enforced on Crown premises such as prisons.[2]

Chapter 2 - Age of sale for tobacco etc[edit]

Section 13 granted the Secretary of State the power to increase the age for purchasing tobacco from 16 to 18, which came into force on 1 October 2007.

Part 7 - Final provisions[edit]

Section 83 - Commencement[edit]

The following orders have been made under this section:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 84(1) of this Act.
  2. ^ "R (on the application of Black) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Justice (Respondent)" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2021.

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