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New law bans smoking in children’s spaces 17-05-2017

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A new law in Wales will ban smoking in schools grounds, public playgrounds, and the outdoor areas of registered childcare settings.

The Public Health (Wales) Bill, which will help people live healthier lives and protect them from harm, has been passed by the National Assembly for Wales.

Speaking ahead of the debate and vote in the Senedd, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans said:

‘It has a particular focus on promoting children and young people’s health. Proposals such as the ban on smoking in school grounds, childcare settings, and playgrounds are intended to prevent children from being exposed to smoking behaviours, making it less likely that they’ll take up smoking themselves.’

Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB, Chair of Public Health Wales said:

‘We are pleased to see young people’s health protected through banning smoking in school grounds, public playgrounds and the outdoor areas of registered childcare settings as well as in hospital grounds.’

Dr Mair Parry, Officer for Wales at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said:

‘Tackling childhood obesity and restricting smoking in public areas such as playgrounds, schools and hospital grounds are key public health priorities that will have a major impact on improving child health.’

Suzanne Cass, Chief Executive ASH Wales Cymru, said:

‘This is a major public health achievement and it is absolutely fantastic news that Wales’ next generation have the chance to grow-up in a society where they can get an education, play and meet their friends in smokefree, clean environments.’

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