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No smoking signs for Wales smoking crackdown?

24th February 2011 | No Smoking Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

No smoking signs may be part of new Welsh Assembly Government plans to reduce smoking in the country.

Dr Tony Jewell, chief medical officer for Wales, has opened a public consultation on The Tobacco Control Action Plan, the Press Association reports.

The aim of the project is to get smoking levels down to 16 per cent by 2020.

Current legislation that bans smoking in hospital grounds will be tightened, and no smoking signs could be introduced in school playgrounds.

"Just as Wales took a bold step in creating smoke-free environments in public places, the time is right to champion new approaches to further protect children from the harms of second-hand smoke," Dr Jewell told the news provider.

"The plan proposes local authorities will be encouraged to introduce smoke-free policies for playgrounds and to initiate a debate on smoking in cars carrying children," he added.

It is thought that about 20 per cent of hospital admissions in Wales are caused by smoking-related diseases.

Smoking was banned in public places in England in 2007.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800424933-ADNFCR


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