Wales set to ban smoking in outdoor public areas
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.