Wales set to ban smoking outside hospitals
SMOKERS face being fined if they are caught lighting up in the grounds of hospitals, schools and playgrounds.
Wales will be the first UK country to extend the smoking ban to include set outdoor areas by summer 2019.
Power to enforce the ban will lie with local authorities, who will be given permission to appoint enforcement officers to uphold the law.
Fines will stand at £50 – reduced to £30 if paid within 15 days. It comes as Health Secretary Vaughan Gething visited the maternity unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan and heard from mothers who complained people were often smoking outside as they brought young babies to and from the facility.
The hospital management team said they have received complaints about people smoking at the newly refurbished main entrance and others.
The changes will make it illegal to smoke in the hospital ground.
Mr Gething said: “I am proud that Wales continues to be at the forefront of UK action to reduce smoking and prevent young people from taking it up in the first place. We have seen significant changes to the attitudes to smoking since 2007. Back then we received some resistance to change, but we have seen a remarkable culture change.”