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The Welsh Government is to ban smoking outdoors at pubs, cafes and restaurants (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The Welsh Government is to ban smoking outdoors at pubs, cafes and restaurants (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Concerns: Jim Wells

Concerns: Jim Wells

The Welsh Government is to ban smoking outdoors at pubs, cafes and restaurants (Jonathan Brady/PA)

A former Stormont Health Minister is calling for smoking to be banned outside pubs and restaurants as more people drink and dine al fresco.

South Down MLA Jim Wells said moves to create a continental-style cafe culture over the summer must not come at the expense of public health.

"I've seen far too many people smoking outdoors. The risks that poses to everybody else are too great," he said.