News from the office of Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham
Thursday 10th November 2016
For Immediate Publication
Plans to ban smoking on the site of schools, hospitals and playgrounds have been introduced in a bid to boost the nation’s health.
The main aim of the Public Health (Wales) Bill is to improve the wellbeing of the people of Wales, with a particular focus on promoting children and young people’s health.
Other aspects of the bill include introducing a compulsory licencing scheme for tattooists and prohibiting tobacco products and e-cigarettes from being handed over to under 18s.
The Public Health (Wales) Bill, which it is hoped will be passed next May, was put forward to the National Assembly this week by the Minister for Social Services & Public Health, Rebecca Evans AM.
Wrexham’s Assembly Member Lesley Griffiths has backed the Welsh Government proposals and said: “The overriding aim of this landmark bill is to improve public health, especially for Wales’ younger generation.”
“The measures are widely supported and will help generally improve people’s day-to-day lives.”
The Public Health (Wales) Bill includes proposals to create a mandatory licensing scheme for special procedures such as acupuncture, body piercing, electrolysis and tattooing, and prohibits the intimate piercing of anybody under the age of 16.
It also proposes to:
Create a national register of retailers of tobacco and nicotine products, so local authorities are better able to enforce legislation and provide education and support to retailers
Prohibit tobacco and nicotine products from being handed over to under 18s, for example through a supermarket delivery service
Require public bodies in Wales to assess how their decisions will affect people’s physical and mental health
Require local authorities to produce a strategy about toilets for use by the public within their area
Make pharmacies more responsive to the needs of their local community