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WALES

More smoking bans from March

22 Oct 2020. The Welsh government has voted to ban smoking in more public places such as playgrounds from March 2021, reports the BBC.

There will be no smoking allowed on playgrounds and school grounds in Wales from March of next year making it the first country in the UK to implement such a ban. Smoking will also be forbidden on hospital sites meaning patients and guests will have to leave the grounds if they wish to smoke a cigarette. The Welsh government said that the councils will be allowed to issue fixed-penalty notices for anyone breaking the new law, according to the BBC.

"The purpose of the requirements under these regulations for smoke-free hospital grounds is to promote behavioural change, and to help smokers using our hospital services to quit," said Wellbeing minister Eluned Morgan.

An overwhelming majority of Senedd members backed the measure in a vote, with 45 voting to pass the new regulations, four opposed and two abstentions. It was also decided that smoking rooms in hotels will be banned in 2022.