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New law bans intimate piercings for under 18s in Wales

It is now an offence to arrange or carry out a piercing on a young person.

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Wales has become the first country in the UK to introduce a nationwide ban on intimate piercings for under 18s.

Under the new law it is now an offence for piercing practitioners to arrange or carry out a piercing on a child or a young person.

As young people continue to grow a body piercing, including tongue piercings, can lead to complications. A study in England found a third of young people with body piercings had problems.

Under 18s are also less likely to know how to keep a new piercing clean leading to an increased risk of infection.

It's concerning that a third of young people with intimate piercings have reported complications following a procedure. The child protection issues that could also arise from this scenario highlight even further, the importance of implementing such a law.
Dr Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales

The new law comes under the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 which also bans smoking in school and hospital grounds.

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