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Introduction of new smoke-free requirements legislation

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The Welsh Government is planning to introduce new smoking legislation in Wales and would like to hear your views on bringing the requirements into force on 1 January 2021.

The main changes will be that outdoor care settings for children, school grounds, hospital grounds and public playgrounds will be smoke–free.

Enclosed or substantially enclosed workplaces and premises open to the public will remain largely smoke-free (as they are now) and signs will still need to be displayed.

However, there are currently exemptions that allow smoking in self-contained holiday and temporary accommodation and for hotels, guesthouses, inns, hostels and members’ clubs to have smoking bedrooms. These exemptions will be removed 12 months after the legislation comes into force and after that time all of these types of accommodation will have to be smoke-free.

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If you have any comments on the introduction date or feedback on what would help you to implement the requirements please email TobaccoPolicy@gov.wales by Friday 4 September 2020.

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