The Public Health (Wales) Bill passed stage 4 debate at the Welsh Assembly this week. Last week AMs voted to add in a duty on ministers to produce a national strategy on preventing and reducing obesity. The bill's original proposed ban on banning smoking in school grounds, hospital grounds and public playgrounds has also been extended to the outdoor areas of registered childcare settings.
Proposals on the prohibiting the "intimate piercing" of under-16 year olds now covers all of those under the age of 18. Other measures in the law include creating a mandatory licensing scheme for acupuncture, body piercing, electrolysis and tattooing. The Bill aims to take forward some of the Welsh Government’s public health policies, including promoting the continuing decline in the uptake of smoking by children and young people and the de-normalisation of smoking; and strengthening the role and importance of Health Impact Assessment.