Passing of the Public Health (Wales) Bill introduces ban on smoking in playgrounds

The Public Health (Wales) Bill has been passed in the Senedd, which will bring in new measures aimed at improving the nation's health. The Bill bans smoking in school grounds, public playgrounds, and the outdoor areas of registered childcare settings, as well as in hospital grounds. It also places a duty on the Welsh Government to produce a national strategy on preventing and reducing obesity. 

Responding to the passing of the Bill, 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. The Public Health (Wales) Act commits to addressing these issues and we look forward to working with the Welsh Government to make them a reality.  With a quarter of children in Wales overweight or obese, it’s a major public health threat that needs to be dealt with urgently and effectively.”