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Smoking ban outside schools to be introduced as part Public Health Bill

A smoking ban in school grounds, playgrounds and hospital grounds is expected to be introduced Credit: PA

A smoking ban in school grounds, playgrounds and hospital grounds is expected to be introduced today as part of Wales' Public Health Bill.

The Welsh Government said the Bill aims to improve the nation’s health, with a particular focus on children's wellbeing.

The legislation also includes proposals to introduce a licensing scheme for special procedures, such as acupuncture, body piercing, electrolysis and tattooing, and bans the intimate piercing of anybody under the age of 16.

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In March, the Bill previously failed to receive enough votes in the Senedd.

It proposed to ban the use of e-cigarettes in some public places.

Many of the measures included in the original Public Health Bill had strong public, stakeholder and cross-party support, which is why there was widespread disappointment when it wasn’t passed. In re-introducing the Bill, we are retaining those areas which were strengthened in the previous scrutiny process – such as measures to restrict smoking in school grounds, hospital grounds and public playgrounds. At the heart of the Bill is the aim of promoting the health of children and young people.

Proposals such as the ban on smoking in school grounds and playgrounds is intended to prevent children from being exposed to smoking behaviours, making it less likely that they’ll take up smoking themselves.

– Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health