Welsh E-Cigarette Ban Dropped
Welsh vapers can all let out a sigh of relief as the health minister has backed down on plans to ban the use of e-cigarettes in all enclosed public places in Wales. The bill regarding public health however will be changed so they will only be banned in schools, eating places and on public transport.
The ban which was announced in April and was set to come into effect in 2017. Whilst in a debate in the Senedd, Mark Drakeford told Welsh MPs his personal view had not changed on the matter.
Before Tuesday’s debate, experts from universities and the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training wrote to AMs claiming there was no evidence to justify the legislation, with a major review by Public Health England finding that e-cigarettes were 95% less harmful than tobacco and could be prescribed on the NHS in future to help smokers quit.
In some opinions placing a ban on e-cigarettes in Wales seems like a move forward in regards to public health, but in reality it will discourage traditional cigarette smokers from switching to the safer, cleaner and healthier solution that is e-cigarettes.