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No smoking signs up as Welsh hospitals implement ban

29th March 2011 | No Smoking Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

No smoking signs are set to go up outside hospital entrances in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan when a smoking ban comes into effect in May.

The University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and University Hospital Llandough are two of the sites coming under the ban, the BBC reports.

Staff and patients will be allowed to smoke in certain areas up until November, when a wholesale ban comes into place.

This year, the Welsh Assembly Government set forward proposals to cut smoking levels in the country from 24 per cent to 16 per cent by 2020, asking the NHS to be the flag-bearer for the move by making its premises smoke-free, the BBC said.

Dr Sharon Hopkins, director of public health for the NHS board, told the news provider: "A hospital is no place for smoking and we as a health board have a duty to our staff and patients to lead by example and show that."

Anti-tobacco group ASH Wales and the British Medical Association in Wales have also backed the move.

According to the Welsh Government, an estimated 6,000 deaths per year are caused by smoking in the country.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800478951-ADNFCR



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