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Smoke-free laws - Changes from 1 March 2021

On 1 March, the law around where people can smoke is changing and will mean that hospital grounds, school grounds and public playgrounds, as well as outdoor day care and childminding settings will be required to be smoke-free. It will be an offence to smoke in a smoke-free area and anyone caught breaking the law could face a £100 fine.

“Outdoor care settings for children” are the outdoor areas of those premises which are registered under Part 2 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010, and are premises which provide day care or childminding for a child or children under the age of 12. These outdoor areas are only required to be smoke-free when the premises is being used for day care or childminding. The legislation includes a duty which requires that the manager or childminder responsible for the setting must take reasonable steps to stop smoking there.There is no requirement for ‘No Smoking’ signs to be displayed in outdoor care settings for children. However managers and childminders can display ‘No Smoking’ signs in their outdoor areas if they wish to do so and we have published a template here: https://gov.wales/smoking-ban-no-smoking-sign-premises


For further information on what is required, Welsh Government has published guidance here:https://gov.wales/smoke-free-law-guidance-changes-march-2021-html#section-58231.

If there are any questions on the introduction of the legislation or its requirements, please contact the tobacco policy team on: TobaccoPolicy@gov.wales







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