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Wales ban on tongue and intimate piercings for under 18s

Wales ban on tongue and intimate piercings for under 18s
From BBC - January 31, 2018

Wales has become the first UK nation to ban intimate piercing for under 18s in a bid to prevent potential related health problems.

The new law makes it an offence to pierce or arrange to pierce the tongue, genitals and nipples of those under 18.

It follows concerns they can cause medical complications as well as worries over child protection issues.

Wales' chief medical officer said the move would better protect young people.

The change, under the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017, calls on piercers to ask customers to prove their age and get signed consent for procedures to avoid prosecution and a fine.

Council enforcement officers and police have been trained on how to enforce the new law.

A study in England found complications were reported by a third of all 16-24 who had all types of piercings.

Of those, 50% of people with a tongue piercing reported a problem, followed by 45% with genital piercings and 35% with nipple piercings.

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