The Health Act 2006 gave the National Assembly for Wales powers to make regulations for a ban on smoking on enclosed public places. The Smoke-Free Premises etc. (Wales Regulations) came into effect on 2 April 2007. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and workplaces. Designate smoking rooms are not allowed. There are few exemptions to the legislation. Exemptions include designated hotel bedrooms, designated rooms in research and testing facilities, designated rooms for use by adults in care homes, adult hospices and residential mental health units.
Legislation – www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/wales/wsi2007/wsi_20070787_en_1
Preparation for smokefree legislation
A public consultation on the draft legislation was held from 21 July 2006 to 13 October 2006. Welsh Assembly Members voted in favour of the regulations on 30th January 2007.
Enforcement and compliance
By the end of 2007 compliance with the legislation had risen to almost 98%. Responsibility for enforcement of the ban rests with local authorities and a non-confrontational approach to enforcement is adopted. The focus is on building compliance through awareness-raising, advice and support, with enforcement action being considered only when the seriousness of the situation warrants it. A low-cost compliance telephone line is available. For more information see www.smokingbanwales.co.uk/english/compliance-data
By January 2009 more than 99% of premises inspected across Wales were complying with smokefree legislation. Public support for the law is high among smokers and non-smokers at 80%. Among smokers 62% now support the ban compared to just 50% before it was introduced. (GL Today 3 April 2009).
Smokefree resources available in 2009
Smoking Ban Wales www.smokingbanwales.co.uk
ASH Wales www.ashwales.co.uk
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