The take-up of smoking among young people between the ages of 16 to 24 remains high. With 80% of current smokers starting before the age of 20, preventing smoking from a young age is essential.
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From Thursday 1st October the new law banning smoking in cars carrying children will come into force in Wales. The Welsh Government and partners in England are running a public awareness campaign to alert drivers to this change and to the consequences if you are caught.
We say goodbye to Elen de Lacy who is leaving us in September to start a PhD with DECIPHer. Elen has worked for the organisation for nearly 7 years as Research and Policy Officer and then Chief Executive.
The revised EU Tobacco Products Directive will replace existing legislation on regulating the sale and manufacture of tobacco products and, for the first time, regulate e-cigarettes and herbal products.
On 8th June 2015 the Welsh Government introduced the Public Health (Wales) Bill. The Bill is currently at Stage 1 during which the general principles are being considered by the Health and Social Care Committee.
Parc Prison in Bridgend County is to ban smoking by February 2016, the Ministry of Justice has announced.
Last month saw the introduction of the Public Health Bill into the National Assembly for Wales. We are pleased that the Bill includes a number of tobacco and smoking-related proposals.
On 12th May we hosted an event at the Senedd called A Smokefree Generation for Wales. The event was sponsored by the Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee and Labour Assembly Member for Aberavon David Rees.
Our #sharetheair campaign continues, with a current focus on Wales’ much-loved coastline and its beautiful beaches.