Wales has banned smoking outside school and hospital premises and the restriction is to start from summer of next year to protect people from secondhand smoke as well as de-normalise smoking for young people and children.
Most of the hospitals do have no-smoking policies but with the new ban the authorities will get a way to enforce it as Labour-led government has added with the announcement that fines will be levied to those who floute the ban.
With the ban announcement Wales has become the first country in United Kingdom to ban smoking in the outdoor of hospital and school spaces.
In April 2007 Cardiff administration brought such ban in indoor public places.
“I am proud that Wales continues to be at the forefront of UK action to reduce smoking and prevent young people from taking it up in the first place,” said Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething.
He further added that since 2007 significant changes have been seen to attitudes among smokers and remarkable culture change has been noticed.
Earlier, staff of Glan Clwyd hospital in north Wales had complained people smoked outside the hospital space before entering and after leaving their young babies.
Executive director of public health at Betsi Cadwaladr University health board, Teresa Owen, said hospital is not the place to smoke and they are determined to create a smoke-free environment.
An estimation reveals smoking causes more than 5,000 deaths a year in the country and the practice also costs 302 pound annually to NHS.