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Enforcement

Responsibility for enforcement of the smoke-free legislation rests with local authorities.

How is the  smoke-free legislation enforced in Wales?

Responsibility for enforcement of the smoke-free legislation rests with local authorities. A group convened by the Welsh Local Government Association has prepared enforcement guidance to ensure a consistent approach across Wales. This guidance document is available to download from this page. The guidance emphasises achieving compliance through awareness-raising, advice and support, with enforcement action being considered only when the seriousness of the situation warrants it. Enforcement visits are based on risk and, where possible, combined with other regulatory visits to reduce burdens on businesses.

Are the public and businesses complying with the legislation?

Compliance with the legislation has generally been excellent, reflecting the high levels of public support. Returns from local authorities show smoke-free compliance levels across Wales of around 97 per cent, comparable with levels in the Republic of Ireland and the other UK countries. You can view the latest compliance data for Wales on this website.

How can I complain about breaches of the legislation?

If someone is smoking in no-smoking premises or a smoke-free vehicle, you should complain in the first instance to the manager or the person in charge of the premises or vehicle.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you can contact your local authority’s department of environmental health or public protection.  Contact details for each local authority can be downloaded on this page.

Related Links

Here you can find guidance on the smoke-free legislation for Wales.