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Wales to ban smoking outside schools.

Wales to ban smoking outside schools.

Wales is to become the first country in the UK to ban smoking in outdoor school spaces, playgrounds and hospital grounds.

The Labour-led government said on Friday it would bring in the restriction by summer 2019, arguing it would protect people from secondhand smoke and “de-normalise” smoking for children and young people.

While most hospitals already have no-smoking policies in their grounds, it is difficult for staff to enforce this. The government said people who flouted the ban could face fines.

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