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Wales: Call to ban smoking in beer gardens “monumentally stupid”

A smokers’ group says a call to ban smoking outside pubs in Wales is “monumentally stupid”.

The anti-smoking group ASH Wales wants smoking to be banned in beer gardens to “protect children’s health”.

Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ group Forest, said, “There is no risk to anyone else’s health, including children, if people smoke outside in the open air.

“Smoking in beer gardens and other seating areas outside pubs is therefore an issue for individual proprietors not politicians or the public health industry.

“If publicans want to ban smoking in beer gardens that’s their choice and there’s nothing to stop them doing it now if they think it will be good for business.

“But pubs aren’t health clubs and if publicans want to accommodate adults who wish to smoke they must be allowed to do so without further intervention.”

Clark added:

“Threatening pubs with further regulations at the very moment the hospitality industry is trying to recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic is monumentally stupid.”

Simon Clark

Mission & Vision



Forest’s mission is to protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke or consume tobacco.


Our key aims and objectives are to:

  • counteract the “denormalisation” of smoking, and smokers
  • prevent further restrictions on the purchase and consumption of tobacco
  • establish closer links with other tobacco-friendly groups at home and abroad
  • build support among consumers of tobacco and other similarly threatened groups
  • highlight the increasingly intrusive nature of Big Government in the lives of private individuals