3 April 2007

Good start to the smoking ban in Gwynedd

Smoking in enclosed or substantially enclosed public areas in Wales has been banned in Wales since Monday, 2 April.

The response from businesses throughout Gwynedd has been supportive, as Gwenan Mai Williams, Gwynedd Council  Environmental Health Officer explained.

“A lot of preparation work has been undertaken both locally and nationally to ensure that businesses have had the best possible support to prepare for the smoking ban. Enforcement officers from the Council’s Administration and Public Protection will continue to support businesses over the coming weeks, with a number of areas now becoming busier with visitors it is very important to reinforce the message that Gwynedd, like the rest of Wales, is now smoke-free.”

Council officers have been visited a number of businesses throughout the County during the past weeks, raising awareness about the new arrangements.

The ban is relevant to a wide range of businesses, and it is important that the appropriate no smoking signs are displayed by every business, even those where people don’t usually smoke.

Enforcement officers have already started on the work of visiting Gwynedd’s businesses to ensure that there are no problems with compliance.

The Welsh Assembly Government have established national phone lines for members of the public to contact if they have a query. Contact them on: 0845 300 2526 – Welsh line, or 0845 300 2525




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