In Wales, intimate piercing was prohibited, including piercing in the tongue, to citizens under the age of 18. Thus, the government plans to prevent potential health problems associated with this type of cosmetic procedures.
The new law will prohibit piercing the tongue, genitals and nipples for all persons under the age of 18. Doctors expressed fears that piercing of these parts of the body can cause medical problems, so before reaching adulthood, children and adolescents cannot make their own decisions and deprive themselves of health for the sake of dubious beauty. Wales chief physician Frank Atherton said that this is the only way to protect young people from themselves. "I hope this law will reduce the number of problems related to adolescent health, which is an important step, and I am glad that we finally did it," - he added.