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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.
  • Restricting smoking in school and hospital grounds, public playgrounds and outdoor care settings for children.
  • Requiring retailers of tobacco to be on a national register.
  • A new licensing system will protect people from the risks of infection resulting from special procedures, including body piercing, electrolysis, acupuncture and tattooing.
  • Prohibiting the intimate piercing of those under 18.
  • 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 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)