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Bilingual ‘No Smoking’ signs, United Kingdom, 2007

‘It is against the law to smoke on these premises’ translates as ‘Mae ysmygu yn y fangre’ in Welsh. These bilingual signs were produced under the guidance of the Welsh Assembly Government and comply with the 2nd April 2007 smoking ban in enclosed public spaces in Wales. They were intended to be prominently placed on entrances to public buildings. Concerns about the effects of smoking in public areas had grown over the previous decade. Passive smoking was a particular concern. Voluntary workplace bans were followed by various laws aimed at protecting people’s health from the damaging effects of smoke. These measures continued with compulsory bans on smoking on public transport. The 2006 and 2007 UK legislation outlawed smoking in enclosed public places.

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