Since launching the smokefree school gates campaign ASH Wales has worked with local authorities and healthy schools officers throughout Wales. We provide a step by step toolkit and signage to support schools with the policy.  If you’re interested in the smokefree school gates campaign please get in touch with 

Why Smokefree School Gates?

Exposure to Smoking

Children with parents who smoke are 70% more likely to start smoking.

Habit of Childhood

 Two thirds of smokers start before the age of 18. People who start smoking earlier are often the heaviest smokers later in life.

Second-hand Smoke

Second-hand smoke is especially dangerous for children. It can increase the risk of asthma, glue ear and lung conditions.

Cigarette Litter

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, found on 80.3% of Wales’ streets.

Public support for smokefree spaces

We know from opinion polls that public support for smokefree spaces in Wales is high. We have good links with public health representatives in other countries who have been actively involved in campaigning for and developing smokefree spaces.

What the school defines as important to the well-being of staff and pupils, helps shape the community and the family home. Your school plays a vital role in preparing young people for adult life.


Local authorities that have implemented the smokefree school gates policy so far are:  Cardiff, Gwynedd, Caerphilly, Anglesey, Wrexham, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Newport, Bridgend, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan and Neath Port Talbot. 



The Future

Wales is set to be the first country in the UK to extend its smoking ban to outdoor areas, with smokefree areas expected to be in place in hospital groundsschool grounds and playgrounds in 2020, however this will not extend to school gates.



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Smokefree School Policy


Letter to parents

Further Reading

Leonardi-Bee J, Jere ML, Britton J. Exposure to parental and sibling smoking and the risk of smoking uptake in childhood and adolescence: a systematic review and meta-analysis. 2011

2 Young People and Smoking. ASH England. July 2014