The Health Act 2006 gave the National Assembly for Wales powers to make regulations for a ban on smoking on enclosed public places. A public consultation on the draft Smoke-Free Premises etc. (Wales) Regulations ran from 21st July 2006 to 13th October 2006. Welsh Assembly Members voted in favour of the regulations on 30th January 2007. The Smokefree Premises etc.(Wales) Regulations came into force 6am on 2nd April 2007.
There are few exemptions to the legislation. Exemptions include desginated hotel bedrooms, designated rooms in research and testing facilities.designated rooms for use by adults in care homes, adult hospices and residential mental health units.
On 1st July 2005 all Welsh Assembly Government estates became smokefree.
The Health Act 2006 (pdf, 400KB)
Smoking Ban Wales website (new window)
Public consultation (Wales) (new window)