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Doctors welcome passing of 'world leading' health bill

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British Medical Association Wales has welcomed the passing of the Public Health Bill in the National Assembly of Wales.

The bill included new legislation to ban smoking on hospital grounds, school grounds and in public playgrounds.

It also prohibits tobacco and nicotine products from being handed over to under 18s by home delivery or collection services.

This legislation positions Wales as a world leader in the application of public health policy.

Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) will enable positive health benefits to be maximised in the development of key policies, plans and programmes, as well as ensuring negative health impacts are minimised.

The Public Health (Wales) Bill has been immeasurably strengthened by the inclusion of provisions relating to tackling the obesity crisis.

Obesity has a significant and growing impact on individuals and communities in all parts of Wales.

This legislation highlights the importance of taking a proactive and joined up approach to tackling the causes of obesity and measures that can be taken to reduce them.

– Dr Phil Banfield, Chair of the BMA’s Welsh Council
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