Smokefree playgrounds

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On 1 March 2021, a new law came into force that requires playgrounds in Wales to be smoke-free. The law also extends to school grounds and outdoor day care and child minding settings.

Wales is the first country in the UK to make it illegal to smoke in playgrounds, school grounds and outdoor care settings for children.

Welsh Government guidance sets out what those responsible for the smoke-free settings need to do. The manager or person responsible for the setting must take reasonable steps to stop a person who is smoking there.

Displaying ‘No Smoking’ signs is required in playgrounds and school grounds. Signs do not have to be displayed in outdoor care settings. The Welsh Government has made available a template sign.

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