Wales set to ban smok­ing in out­door pub­lic ar­eas

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

WALES is set to be the first country in the UK to ex­tend its smok­ing ban to out­door ar­eas, with smoke-free ar­eas ex­pected to be in place in hospi­tal grounds, school grounds, and play­grounds by sum­mer 2019.

Strength­en­ing the laws around smok­ing in pub­lic in Wales aims to fur­ther pro­tect non-smok­ers from sec­ond-hand smoke and “de-nor­malise” smok­ing for chil­dren and young peo­ple.

While most hos­pi­tals al­ready have no smok­ing poli­cies in their grounds it is cur­rently dif­fi­cult for staff to en­force this.

Health Sec­re­tary Vaughan Gething said: “I am proud that Wales con­tin­ues to be at the fore­front of UK ac­tion to re­duce smok­ing and pre- vent young peo­ple from tak­ing it up in the first place.

“We have seen sig­nif­i­cant changes to the at­ti­tudes to smok­ing since 2007... This is an­other step in the right di­rec­tion to de-nor­malise smok­ing in Wales.”

The NHS of­fers free help and ad­vice to peo­ple want­ing to give up smok­ing through Help Me Quit.

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