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Public Health (Wales) Act 2017

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The Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 3 July 2017.

The legislation covers the following areas: 

  • A focus on obesity enables us to address this issue through a national strategy.
  • Protection, particularly for children and young people, from the harms of smoking by:
    • Restricting smoking in school and hospital grounds, public  playgrounds and outdoor care settings for children.
    • Requiring retailers to be on a national register.
  • Protection from the risks of infection resulting from special procedures, including body piercing, electrolysis, acupuncture and tattooing,  through a new licensing system.
  • Protecting  children and young people from the harms which can be caused by intimate piercing by prohibiting the intimate piercing of those under 18.
  • Communities will benefit from:
    • Changes to planning  processes for pharmaceutical services  and access to toilets for public use.
    • Health impact assessments carried out by public bodies.

We are working to implement the detail of the Act. The nature of the work required on each of the elements varies and will be implemented in stages over the coming years. 
Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 (external link)