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School grounds and playgrounds across Powys to be smoke-free from 1 March

Today marks just one week until new laws are introduced to make more places in Wales smoke-free.

Today marks just one week until new laws are introduced to make more places in Wales smoke-free.

The laws being introduced across Wales on 1st March, build on the smoking ban introduced in 2007 and will protect more people from the harms of second-hand smoke and help those trying to quit.

It will mean that school grounds and public playgrounds, as well as the outdoor areas of children’s daycare and childminding settings and hospital grounds will be smoke-free. Anyone found breaking the law could face a £100 fine.

Wales is the first part of the UK to outlaw smoking in these areas which will denormalise smoking and reduce the chances of children and young people starting smoking in the first place – ultimately saving lives.

We know the harm smoking can do to health, so I look forward to having the backing of those visiting our playgrounds and the staff, parents, guardians and visitors using our schools and care settings for children to ensure we all play our part in building a healthier future.

Cllr Rosemarie Harris, Leader of Powys County Council

Many smokers have already been motivated to give up smoking due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is hoped this new legislation will encourage even more to. Quitting with support provides the best chance of stopping smoking for good.

Those looking for help to stop smoking can access Wales’ free NHS support service Help Me Quit on 0800 085 2219 or visit www.helpmequit.wales for help and support, including access to free stop smoking medication.

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