Wales set to ban smok­ing out­side hos­pi­tals

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

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.”

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