Diabetes UK has warmly welcomed the ban on smoking in enclosed public places in Wales, due to come into force on 2 April 2007.
Andrew Misell, Policy Officer with Diabetes UK Cymru, said, “It is well known that both smoking and breathing other people’s tobacco smoke are harmful to people with diabetes, and evidence suggests that smoking can also increase a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the first place. Diabetes UK is therefore in favour of stronger measures to reduce tobacco use, and this ban is a step in the right direction.”
An official website has been launched to provide information about the ban, how it will affect people in Wales, and about the businesses and celebrities who are already supporting a smoke-free Wales:www.smokingbanwales.co.uk.
Smoking in enclosed public spaces will become illegal in England on 1 July 2007. Similar bans have already been place in Scotland since March 2006, and in the Republic of Ireland since March 2004.